- to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.
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
C19: of unknown origin
Word Origin and History for hornswoggle
"to cheat," 1829, probably a fanciful formation. Related: Hornswoggled; hornswoggling.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper