/ (ˈfɪʃɪŋ) /
the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to extract financial data from computer users for purposes of identity theft
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What does "scattergood" mean?
a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; spendthrift.
a well-intentioned but naive and often ineffectual social or political reformer.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Word Origin for phishing
C21: from fishing in the sense of catching the unwary by offering bait; computer-hacker slang often replaces f with ph
Words nearby phishing
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Example sentences from the Web for phishing
One challenge is that this isn't a virus or a hacker attack—it's just a phishing scam, an attempt to trick people.
Once a user had heard about this phishing expedition, though, they were unlikely to engage with it again.