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