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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Definitions for hoodwink

  1. to deceive or trick.
  2. Archaic. to blindfold.
  3. Obsolete. to cover or hide.

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Citations for hoodwink
Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to / Shall hoodwink this mischance. Therefore speak softly. / All's hushed as midnight yet. William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1611
But it is difficult not to feel a shade of contempt for a woman whom you can hoodwink with impunity, and in consequence she is thrown over as soon as a better one appears on the scene. Stendhal, On Love, 1822
Origin of hoodwink
This portmanteau of hood and wink came to English in the mid-1500s.