[ bilk ]
/ bɪlk /
verb (used with object)
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.
a cheat; swindler.
a trick; fraud; deceit.
Words nearby bilk
Origin of bilk
First recorded in 1625–35; of obscure origin
OTHER WORDS FROM bilkbilk·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for bilking
The Welfare Queen Josh Levin, Slate In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan villainized a Chicago woman for bilking the government.
If convicted of manipulating and bilking Bettencourt, he could face up to three years in prison.
British Dictionary definitions for bilking
/ (bɪlk) /
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
Derived forms of bilkbilker, noun
Word Origin for bilk
C17: perhaps variant of balk
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