- 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 hoodwinked
Roseanne Barr thinks America has been “bamboozled and hoodwinked.”Roseanne Barr: Why You Should Vote for Me for President
August 8, 2012
In response to withering media criticism, the Bush folks finally figured out that they had been hoodwinked.When Bush Caved to Egypt
January 30, 2011
But Themistocles was not the man to be hoodwinked by the simple cunning of the Spartans.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
You imagine that a man like that can be played with, and hoodwinked by amateurs like yourself.The Market-Place
They must have thought they had hoodwinked me and were probably then rejoicing at their success.Ranching, Sport and Travel
Their safety required a Governor who could be controlled or hoodwinked by them.Rabbi and Priest
I was not hoodwinked, but neither was I stirred to resistance.The King's Mirror
- 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 hoodwinked
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