- to deceive or trick.
- Archaic. to blindfold.
- Obsolete. to cover or hide.
Origin of hoodwink
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1. dupe, cheat, swindle, gyp.
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Examples from the Web for hoodwink
Or when he said the Clinton camp was trying to “bamboozle” or “hoodwink” voters?Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s Lovefest on ‘60 Minutes’
January 28, 2013
You may find some better place for it--but then you haven't a maid to hoodwink.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
They contrived no clever devices to hoodwink our moral nature.Creative Unity
Michael was so observant, so clear-sighted, that it was impossible to hoodwink him.Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
It is used by abolitionists to hoodwink and deceive the conscience.
Or you want me to wear the blinkers, the better to hoodwink your own eyes.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
- to dupe; trick
- obsolete to cover or hide
C16: originally, to cover the eyes with a hood, blindfold
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Word Origin and History for hoodwink
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