Word of the DayTuesday, March 04, 2014
\HOOD-wingk\ , verb;
Archaic. to blindfold.
Obsolete. to cover or hide.
Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to / Shall hoodwink this mischance. Therefore speak softly. / All's hushed as midnight yet.
-- William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1611
But it is difficult not to feel a shade of contempt for a woman whom you can hoodwink with impunity, and in consequence she is thrown over as soon as a better one appears on the scene.
-- Stendhal, On Love, 1822
This portmanteau of hood and wink came to English in the mid-1500s.
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