(of a gem) cut so as to retain the maximum weight of the original stone or to give a false impression of size, especially by having the table too large.
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How to use swindled in a sentence
Tweed is estimated to have swindled the equivalent of $3.5 billion from New York during his time as a senator.
He had been swindled out of his life savings—around $8 million—by his former manager and lover Kelley Lynch.
Murrell was a horse thief and slave stealer who swindled his way through the Deep South in the early 1830s.Django Unchained’s Bloody Real History in Mississippi | Adam Rothman | February 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If I lost millions, it's because so-and-so A swindled me, or so-and-so B down the supply line didn't do his part, and it hurt me.
Feeling swindled, and suspecting that Crédit Lyonnais and Louis-Dreyfus had conspired against him, Tapie sued for damages.
He, Aristide Pujol, was the most sweetly, the most completely swindled man in France.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
And for the third time he was swindled by a persuasive man and a lying one-sided contract.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
That he had really been swindled by such nicely-spoken men as he had met at the Carwell hotel seemed extraordinary to him.The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
The fourth time he may be swindled again more easily and completely than before.The Fiend's Delight | Dod Grile
“Anstey swindled him out of every shilling he had,” put in Dawes, seeing Gerard hesitate and look a trifle embarrassed.The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford