[ grift ]
/ grɪft /
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(sometimes used with a plural verb) a group of methods for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling, etc.
money obtained from such practices.
verb (used without object)
to profit by the use of grift: a man known to have grifted for many years.
verb (used with object)
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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How to use grift in a sentence
Retailers were hammered by the scheme because checks and balances were scant in 2012, when the eBay grifting peaked.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST