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 Texas Republican practically bilked his donors by running the most unserious campaign in recent American history.Good Riddance to Steve Stockman, the Grifter Congressman Who Ran for Senate | Ben Jacobs | March 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The California governor candidate hit back hard against charges she bilked a Hispanic housekeeper.
Recording companies bilked the artists who created the music.
He said he thought he had been bilked, and that the money would never be turned over.
She threw the paint-stained duster into the studio stove, stuck out her tongue at the sleeper, and whispered, 'Bilked!'The Light That Failed | Rudyard Kipling
Were the owners and occupiers of the blocks of offices paid for them, or were they bilked like the hotel proprietors?Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918 | Sir Stanley Maude
Don't tell me you bilked 'em all so 'andily on settin' that 'ouse afire.The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
But she is almost twenty; she is amazingly swift behind the bar, and no man has yet bilked her of a penny.An Ocean Tramp | William McFee
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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