- (of a gem) cut so as to retain the maximum weight of the original stone or to give a false impression of size, especially by having the table too large.
Origin of swindled
- 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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Examples from the Web for swindled
Tweed is estimated to have swindled the equivalent of $3.5 billion from New York during his time as a senator.Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard
October 23, 2014
He had been swindled out of his life savings—around $8 million—by his former manager and lover Kelley Lynch.Excuse Me For Not Dying: Leonard Cohen at 80
September 24, 2014
Murrell was a horse thief and slave stealer who swindled his way through the Deep South in the early 1830s.Django Unchained’s Bloody Real History in Mississippi
February 24, 2013
If I lost millions, it's because so-and-so A swindled me, or so-and-so B down the supply line didn't do his part, and it hurt me.How Robert Nozick Turned on Robert Nozick
May 22, 2012
"You have been swindled, Bohmer," said the Queen's lady promptly.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Did you ever hear of a case in which a swindler was swindled?Australia Revenged
He converted everything into cash; he lied, swindled, stole, and skipped.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
He is swindled by no agents, post-traders or secretaries at war.
But that uncle of hers swindled me out of ten thousand dollars!Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
- to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
- (tr) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
- a fraudulent scheme or transaction
Word Origin and History for swindled
1782, back-formation from swindler. Related: Swindled; swindling. As a noun from 1833.