[ guh-zuhmp ]
/ gəˈzʌmp /
verb (used with object)
to cheat (a house buyer) by raising the price, at the time a contract is to be signed, over the amount originally agreed upon.
an act of gazumping.
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Origin of gazump
First recorded in 1925–30; earlier gazoomph to swindle, argot word of uncertain origin
OTHER WORDS FROM gazumpga·zump·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gazump
/ (ɡəˈzʌmp) British /
to raise the price of something, esp a house, after agreeing a price verbally with (an intending buyer)
(tr) to swindle or overcharge
the act or an instance of gazumping
Derived forms of gazumpgazumper, noun
Word Origin for gazump
C20: of uncertain origin
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