Word of the DayWednesday, January 15, 2014
\HAWRN-swog-uhl\ , verb;
to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.
But don't forget, boys, when you-all want me to hornswoggle Wall Street another flutter, all you-all have to do is whisper the word.
-- Jack London, Burning Daylight, 1910
Tinkie could talk her way out of a ticket in Mississippi, but I wasn't so certain the California state troopers would be as easy to hornswoggle.
-- Carolyn Haines, Wishbones, 2008
Hornswoggle is of unknown origin. It entered in America in the 1820s.
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