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chouse

[chous]
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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Word Origin and History for chouser

chouse

n.

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

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