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gazump

[guh-zuhmp]British Slang.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cheat (a house buyer) by raising the price, at the time a contract is to be signed, over the amount originally agreed upon.
noun
  1. an act of gazumping.

Origin of gazump

First recorded in 1925–30; earlier gazoomph to swindle, argot word of uncertain origin
Related formsga·zump·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gazump

gazump

verb
  1. to raise the price of something, esp a house, after agreeing a price verbally with (an intending buyer)
  2. (tr) to swindle or overcharge
noun
  1. the act or an instance of gazumping
Derived Formsgazumper, noun

Word Origin

C20: of uncertain origin
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