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swindle

[ swin-dl ]
/ ˈswɪn dl /
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verb (used with object), swin·dled, swin·dling.
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object), swin·dled, swin·dling.
to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
noun
an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
anything deceptive; a fraud: This advertisement is a real swindle.
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Origin of swindle

First recorded in 1775–85; back formation from swindler

OTHER WORDS FROM swindle

swin·dle·a·ble, adjectiveswin·dler, nounswin·dling·ly, adverbout·swin·dle, verb (used with object), out·swin·dled, out·swin·dling.
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British Dictionary definitions for swindle

swindle
/ (ˈswɪndəl) /

verb
to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
(tr) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
noun
a fraudulent scheme or transaction

Derived forms of swindle

swindler, noun

Word Origin for swindle

C18: back formation from German Schwindler, from schwindeln, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to disappear
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