The California governor candidate hit back hard against charges she bilked a Hispanic housekeeper.
She threw the paint-stained duster into the studio stove, stuck out her tongue at the sleeper, and whispered, 'bilked!'
She threw the paint-stained duster into the studio stove, stuck out her tongue at the sleeper, and whispered, "bilked!"
He said he thought he had been bilked, and that the money would never be turned over.
To have a female confidence game played on a man would leave less of a sting than to be bilked by a male.
Don't tell me you bilked 'em all so 'andily on settin' that 'ouse afire.
Were the owners and occupiers of the blocks of offices paid for them, or were they bilked like the hotel proprietors?
But she is almost twenty; she is amazingly swift behind the bar, and no man has yet bilked her of a penny.
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.