to defraud; cheat: He bilked the government of almost a million dollars.
to evade payment of (a debt).
to frustrate: a career bilked by poor health.
to escape from; elude: to bilk one's pursuers.
- bilker, noun
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How to use bilk in a sentence
The lawsuit alleged that Danone used these claims to bilk consumers out of more than $100 million.
"He told me Andrew had tried to bilk $50 million out of Mrs. Mellon," said Toben.Witness Testifies He Took Rielle Hunter to an Airport in the Dead of Night | Diane Dimond | May 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Con artists routinely hack into accounts to impersonate people and bilk money from strangers.
Bubbly, I contrived to bilk the doctor, by going twice a day to a place with a hole in it, over some large cookery vapours.
But wouldn't it have been a dirty act to bilk him of his money, all the more as it would have been so easy?Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas | Lloyd Osbourne
Im so contented now Im getting over-weight, and youd bilk me again.The Making of Bobby Burnit | George Randolph Chester
Have you set another man on the track with a view to bilk me of my promised fee?Lucretia, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A new planet of the eleventh magnitude was discovered by Luther, at the observatory of bilk, near Dusseldorf.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for bilk
to balk; thwart
(often foll by of) to cheat or deceive, esp to avoid making payment to
to escape from; elude
cribbage to play a card that hinders (one's opponent) from scoring in his or her crib
a swindle or cheat
a person who swindles or cheats
- bilker, noun
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