- to defraud; cheat: He bilked the government of almost a million dollars.
- to evade payment of (a debt).
- to frustrate: a career bilked by poor health.
- to escape from; elude: to bilk one's pursuers.
- a cheat; swindler.
- a trick; fraud; deceit.
Origin of bilk
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Examples from the Web for bilk
The lawsuit alleged that Danone used these claims to bilk consumers out of more than $100 million.Your Probiotic Is Probably B.S.
June 25, 2014
"He told me Andrew had tried to bilk $50 million out of Mrs. Mellon," said Toben.Witness Testifies He Took Rielle Hunter to an Airport in the Dead of Night
May 8, 2012
Con artists routinely hack into accounts to impersonate people and bilk money from strangers.Catfish's Photo Fraud Victim
October 4, 2010
The whole meeting, in fact, was what is vulgarly called a bilk.Merry-Garden and Other Stories
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He's expecting a cablegram—this duffer, this scrub, this bilk!The American Claimant
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
We observe that a new planet has been discovered at Bilk, in Germany.
"I shan't, sir; you only wants to bilk master, and bolt," replied the waiter.Mornings at Bow Street
This gaffer contrived to 'bilk' all the turnpikes in the kingdom.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims
- to balk; thwart
- (often foll by of) to cheat or deceive, esp to avoid making payment to
- to escape from; elude
- cribbage to play a card that hinders (one's opponent) from scoring in his or her crib
- a swindle or cheat
- a person who swindles or cheats
Word Origin and History for bilk
1650s, from or along with the noun (1630s), first used as a cribbage term; as a verb, "to spoil (someone's) score." Origin obscure, it was believed in 17c. to be "a word signifying nothing;" perhaps it s a thinned form of balk "to hinder." Meaning "to defraud" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Bilked; bilking.