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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Definitions for bilk

  1. to defraud; cheat
  2. to frustrate
  3. to escape from; elude

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Citations for bilk
Stuart Levine is a guy who is accused of trying to bilk numerous state agencies - and people seeking help from government agencies - out of millions of dollars. Steve Brown,
Origin of bilk
by 1651, from the noun (1633), first used as a cribbage term. Origin obscure, it was believed in 17th century to be "a word signifying nothing," perhaps of Arab origin; but it is rather perhaps a thinned form of balk. Meaning "to defraud" is first recorded 1672.