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chouse

[chous]
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verb (used with object), choused, chous·ing.
  1. to swindle; cheat (often followed by of or out of).
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noun
  1. a swindle.
  2. Archaic. a swindler.
  3. Archaic. a dupe.
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Origin of chouse

First recorded in 1600–10; perhaps to be identified with chiaus
Related formschous·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for chouse

Historical Examples

  • Chouse us out of the deer, say ye; and who had a right to hinder him if he had?

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845

    Various

  • “It was rather a chouse to shoot a cretin, though,” said another, in chaff.

    Julian Home

    Dean Frederic W. Farrar

  • Chouse jumped out before the boat had even touched the bank.

    Little Greta of Denmark

    Bernadine Bailey

  • And now, in ten minutes, this naughty Chouse had undone all his work.

    Little Greta of Denmark

    Bernadine Bailey

  • But when she got down and patted him, Chouse still kept on barking.

    Little Greta of Denmark

    Bernadine Bailey


Word Origin and History for chouse

n.

"swindler, swindle," 1650s, said to be from Turkish chaush "sergeant, herald, messenger," but the sense connection is obscure.

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