- to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
- to obtain by fraud or deceit.
- to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
- an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
- anything deceptive; a fraud: This advertisement is a real swindle.
Origin of swindle
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1. cozen, dupe, trick, gull.
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Examples from the Web for swindle
An illegal stock tip is not the same thing as a swindle; but $68 million buys a lot of basketballs and BB guns.What Tolstoy Teaches Us About Insider Trading
June 2, 2013
Another way of looking at it: How many Bernard Madoffs would it take to swindle the US taxpayer out of $1.2 trillion?The Wall Street Journal's Trillion-Dollar Error
January 14, 2009
Sell he swindle, rum, fire-water, We will sell him Fear in plenty.
Of course, if there is anything approaching a swindle in it, I shall have nothing to do with it.A Woman Intervenes
A cardinal and a queen implicated in a forgery and a swindle!The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Ay, grow pale if you like; but I 'll repeat the word,—a swindle!Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
I'd like to know about this swindle that's going to be sprung on him.One Day More
- to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
- (tr) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
- a fraudulent scheme or transaction
C18: back formation from German Schwindler, from schwindeln, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to disappear
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Word Origin and History for swindle
1782, back-formation from swindler. Related: Swindled; swindling. As a noun from 1833.
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