- 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.
Origin of gazump
First recorded in 1925–30; earlier gazoomph to swindle, argot word of uncertain origin
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- 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
Word Origin for gazump
C20: of uncertain origin
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