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  1. (sometimes used with a plural verb) a group of methods for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling, etc.
  2. money obtained from such practices.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to profit by the use of grift: a man known to have grifted for many years.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to obtain (money or other profit) by grift.
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Origin of grift

First recorded in 1910–15; perhaps alteration of graft2
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Word Origin and History for grifting


1906 (n.); 1915 (v.), U.S. underworld slang, perhaps a corruption of graft (2).

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