verb (used with object), horn·swog·gled, horn·swog·gling. Slang.
to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.
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Origin of hornswoggle
1815–25 origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for hornswoggle
The fellow I've been having so much fun with—the Nervy Matt that tried to hornswoggle me with my own photograph.Cappy Ricks|Peter B. Kyne
(tr) slang to cheat or trick; bamboozle
Word Origin for hornswoggle
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"to cheat," 1829, probably a fanciful formation. Related: Hornswoggled; hornswoggling.
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