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A person who swindles; cheat
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  1. A person who swindles; cheat
One who cheats.
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  1. One who cheats.
  2. An improvised breaker bar made from a length of pipe and a wrench (spanner), usually used to free screws, bolts, etc. that are difficult to remove with a ratchet or wrench alone.
A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.
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  1. A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.
  2. A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.
A tricky, dishonest person; shifty rascal
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  1. A tricky, dishonest person; shifty rascal
  2. One that dodges or evades:
  3. (Nautical) A small windscreen and cover device, to protect personnel from driving rain or weather.
An act of swindling; trick; cheat; fraud
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  1. An act of swindling; trick; cheat; fraud
(Informal) To swindle; cheat
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  1. (Informal) To swindle; cheat
  2. To deprive (another) of something by fraud; cheat or swindle.
An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
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  1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
  2. (Biol.) An individual varying markedly from the standard, esp. an inferior one
  3. An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.
Something said or done to deceive; trick; artifice
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  1. Something said or done to deceive; trick; artifice
  2. One who assumes a false pose; an impostor.
  3. (--- Law) Intentional deception to cause a person to give up property or some lawful right
A fraudulent healer or incompetent professional, especially a doctor of medicine; an impostor who claims to have qualifications to practice medicine.
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  1. A fraudulent healer or incompetent professional, especially a doctor of medicine; an impostor who claims to have qualifications to practice medicine.
  2. Any person who pretends to have knowledge or skill in a particular field; charlatan
  3. The sound made by a duck, or any sound like it
Someone who conducts a confidence game: who defrauds someone after winning his trust.
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  1. Someone who conducts a confidence game: who defrauds someone after winning his trust.
  2. A swindler who tries to gain the confidence of the victim in order to defraud
  3. A man who swindles his victims by using a confidence game.
(Informal) A cheat; a swindler; a con artist.
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  1. (Informal) A cheat; a swindler; a con artist.
  2. (Informal, Ireland, 20th-century inner-city Dublin slang) A child.
  3. One who uses a chisel for carving.
A person who pretends to be someone or something that he or she is not, as to deceive or cheat others
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  1. A person who pretends to be someone or something that he or she is not, as to deceive or cheat others
  2. One who engages in deception under an assumed name or identity.
  3. Someone who attempts to deceive by using an assumed name or identity.
One who masquerades; a person wearing a mask; one disguised.
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  1. One who masquerades; a person wearing a mask; one disguised.
(Informal) A deceptive act, movement, etc.
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  1. (Informal) A deceptive act, movement, etc.
  2. One loop or winding of a coiled rope or cable.
  3. (Sports) A brief feint or aborted change of direction intended to mislead one's opponent or the opposing team.
A person who bluffs
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  1. A person who bluffs
  2. (US, dated) The card game poker.
  3. (Poker) An attempt to represent yourself as holding a stronger hand than you do.
A person given to hypocrisy.
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  1. A person given to hypocrisy.
  2. A person who pretends to be what he or she is not; specif., one who pretends to be pious, virtuous, etc. without really being so
One who double deals. A cheat or crook.
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  1. One who double deals. A cheat or crook.
A person who tricks; cheat
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  1. A person who tricks; cheat
  2. One that swindles or plays tricks.
  3. A mischievous or roguish figure in myth or folklore, often an animal, who typically makes up for physical weakness with cunning and subversive humor.
An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of law.
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  1. An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of law.
  2. (Slang) A person, esp. a lawyer, who uses unethical or tricky methods; pettifogger
One who sells by deception; a con artist; a charlatan.
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  1. One who sells by deception; a con artist; a charlatan.
  2. (Historical) A person who mounted a bench, or platform, in a public place and sold quack medicines, usually attracting an audience by tricks, stories, etc.
  3. A hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks.
  1. Someone who quibbles over trivia, and raises petty, annoying objections.
  2. A lawyer who handles petty cases, esp. one who uses unethical methods in conducting trumped-up cases
  3. A lawyer whose practice involves petty matters or who lacks sound legal judgment or skills.
A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.
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  1. A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.
  2. One who sets forth a claim, especially a claimant to a throne.
  3. A person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold.
(Archaic) A serving boy or male servant
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  1. (Archaic) A serving boy or male servant
  2. A man of humble birth or status
  3. A dishonest, deceitful person; tricky rascal; rogue
Something intended to deceive; a hoax or fraud.
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  1. Something intended to deceive; a hoax or fraud.
  2. A person who is not what he or she claims to be; impostor
  3. Something made or done to cheat or deceive; fraud; sham; hoax
(Informal) A person who steals or cheats; swindler or thief
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  1. (Informal) A person who steals or cheats; swindler or thief
  2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
  3. (Informal) One who makes a living by dishonest methods.
(Cribbage) The spoiling of someone's score in the crib.
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  1. (Cribbage) The spoiling of someone's score in the crib.
  2. A person who cheats; swindler
  3. One who cheats.
(Dated) a swindler; a cheat; a professional gambler who makes his living by cheating.
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  1. (Dated) a swindler; a cheat; a professional gambler who makes his living by cheating.
  2. One that deals dishonestly with others, especially a cheating gambler.
  3. A person, esp. a gambler, who is dishonest in dealing with others; cheat; swindler
Any of various orders of cartilaginous fishes that are usually large and mostly marine, having a tough, spiny, usually slate-gray skin, separate lateral gill openings, and a slender, rounded body with the mouth on the underside: most sharks are fish-eaters, and some will attack humans
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  1. Any of various orders of cartilaginous fishes that are usually large and mostly marine, having a tough, spiny, usually slate-gray skin, separate lateral gill openings, and a slender, rounded body with the mouth on the underside: most sharks are fish-eaters, and some will attack humans
  2. (Informal) A person, such as a loan shark, who takes advantage of the misfortune of others for personal gain.
  3. (Informal) A person unusually skilled in a particular activity:
(Idiomatic) A person or other performer of actions which is harmful or threatening but disguised as something peaceful or pleasant.
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  1. (Idiomatic) A person or other performer of actions which is harmful or threatening but disguised as something peaceful or pleasant.
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  1. One who entices or allures.
  2. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
A person or object meant to lure something to danger.
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  1. A person or object meant to lure something to danger.
  2. A thing or person used to lure or tempt into danger or a trap
  3. An artificial bird or animal, or sometimes a trained live one, used to lure game to a place where it can be shot
A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold.
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  1. A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold.
  2. A person who is not what he or she pretends to be; one who deceives, dissembles, is insincere, etc.; fraud
  3. A person who assumes an identity or quality other than their own.
A person who diddles; a cheat.
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A person who two-times another.
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An infectious, usually fatal bacterial disease of cattle and sometimes of sheep, goats, and swine, caused by Clostridium chauvoei and characterized by gas-containing swellings in the musculature.
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  1. An infectious, usually fatal bacterial disease of cattle and sometimes of sheep, goats, and swine, caused by Clostridium chauvoei and characterized by gas-containing swellings in the musculature.
  2. One who cheats at cards; a cardsharp.
  3. A bacterial or fungal disease of certain plants, such as the cabbage and potato, that causes the stems to turn black at the soil line.
Alternative spelling of con artist.
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  1. Alternative spelling of con artist.
  2. (Informal) confidence man
  3. A person who defrauds or swindles others after first gaining their trust; a scam operator.
Alternative spelling of conman.
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  1. Alternative spelling of conman.
  2. (Informal) confidence man
The confederate of a gambler, pitchman, auctioneer, etc. who pretends to buy, bet, or bid so as to lure onlookers into participating
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  1. The confederate of a gambler, pitchman, auctioneer, etc. who pretends to buy, bet, or bid so as to lure onlookers into participating
  2. One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.
  3. A person who works energetically to sell or promote something
The sign (♯) indicating such a note
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  1. The sign (♯) indicating such a note
  2. (Music) A sign (♯) used to indicate that a note is to be raised by a semitone.
  3. (Music) A note or tone one half step above another
(Informal) A professional cheater at cards
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  1. (Informal) A professional cheater at cards
(Slang) A petty swindler, as one who operates a dishonest gambling device at a carnival; confidence man
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  1. (Slang) A petty swindler, as one who operates a dishonest gambling device at a carnival; confidence man
A person who deceives or who is not what he or she pretends to be; impostor; cheat
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  1. A person who deceives or who is not what he or she pretends to be; impostor; cheat
  2. An intentional misrepresentation uttered to cause another to rely on it to his detriment. An intentional misrepresentation uttered to cause another to rely on it to his detriment.
  3. (--- Law) Intentional deception to cause a person to give up property or some lawful right
The act of representing as true what is known to be false; a deceiving or lying
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  1. The act of representing as true what is known to be false; a deceiving or lying
  2. A misrepresentation of fact, which, when made with the intention that the other party will rely on it to his detriment, constitutes the torts of fraud or misrepresentation. See also fraud and misrepresentation.
  3. A dishonest action or trick; fraud or lie
To take something from by fraud; swindle:
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  1. To take something from by fraud; swindle:
To practice fraud as a means of obtaining money or property.
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  1. To practice fraud as a means of obtaining money or property.
  2. To engage in swindling others
  3. To get money or property from (another) under false pretenses; cheat; defraud
  1. To duplicate.
  2. To deceive (an unwary person).
  3. To swindle, deceive, or trick.
To deceive or swindle
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  1. To deceive or swindle
  2. To cheat or deceive or to practice trickery or deception.
(Archaic) To while away (time)
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  1. (Archaic) To while away (time)
  2. To give a false impression:
  3. To use deceit; lie
To make a victim of, especially:
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  1. To make a victim of, especially:
  2. To subject to cruel or harmful treatment
  3. To injure or kill.
To deceive with a hoax
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  1. To deceive with a hoax
  2. To deceive or cheat by using a hoax.
To peruse carefully; study; fix in the memory
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  1. To peruse carefully; study; fix in the memory
  2. To learn or commit to memory.
  3. To trick or fool, esp. by glib persuasion
To do someone out of their due; to deceive or defraud, to cheat (someone).
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  1. To do someone out of their due; to deceive or defraud, to cheat (someone).
  2. To defraud, cheat, or swindle:
  3. To get away without paying (a debt, etc.)
To cheat or trick; dupe
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  1. To cheat or trick; dupe
To confuse or puzzle
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  1. To confuse or puzzle
  2. To confuse; bewilder.
  3. (Informal) To con, defraud, trick, to make a fool of, to humbug or impose on someone.
To defraud of money or property; swindle.
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  1. To defraud of money or property; swindle.
  2. To cover or fleck with fleecy masses
  3. To cover with a fleece or similar covering.
To charge more money than the correct amount or to surpass a certain limit while charging a bill
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  1. To charge more money than the correct amount or to surpass a certain limit while charging a bill
  2. To charge too much.
  3. To charge (a party) an excessive price for something.
To defraud someone by giving them less change than they should be given after a transaction.
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  1. To defraud someone by giving them less change than they should be given after a transaction.
  2. (By extension) To deprive someone of something for which they paid.
  3. To give (someone) less change than is due in a transaction.
In fighting, to push one's thumb into the eye of
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  1. In fighting, to push one's thumb into the eye of
  2. (Informal) To cheat out of money, etc.; also, to overcharge
  3. To force out the eye of (a person) with one's thumb.
(Obsolete) To squat; to ruck.
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  1. (Obsolete) To squat; to ruck.
  2. To swindle, cheat, defraud, etc.
  3. To swindle; cheat:
To intrude oneself without welcome:
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  1. To intrude oneself without welcome:
  2. (Informal) To use unethical methods; cheat:
  3. To get (something) in this way
To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling.
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  1. To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling.
  2. To mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud; deceive.
  3. (Archaic) To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way.
To extract (money, etc.) from (someone), as by fraud or deceit
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  1. To extract (money, etc.) from (someone), as by fraud or deceit
  2. To punish by a fine or by depriving of something
  3. To take (something) from another person by means of unseemly or deceptive methods.
To have the habit of crib biting
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  1. To have the habit of crib biting
  2. To plagiarize (an idea or answer, for example).
  3. (Informal) To do schoolwork dishonestly, as by using a crib
To reproduce or otherwise use (the words, ideas, or other work of another) as one's own or without attribution.
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  1. To reproduce or otherwise use (the words, ideas, or other work of another) as one's own or without attribution.
To follow as a model or pattern; imitate.
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  1. To follow as a model or pattern; imitate.
  2. To hear clearly or understand something said by radio communication:
  3. To include as an additional recipient of a written communication:
To deceive; double-cross.
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  1. To deceive; double-cross.
  2. (Slang) To deceive or double-cross; esp., to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover)
  3. To be unfaithful to one's partner
(Vulgar Slang) To have intercourse with (a woman).
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  1. (Vulgar Slang) To have intercourse with (a woman).
  2. (Informal) To move back and forth in a jerky or rapid manner; jiggle
  3. (Slang) To waste time:
(Informal) To hit or punch with a quick, sharp blow
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  1. (Informal) To hit or punch with a quick, sharp blow
  2. To cut (an item) out of (a newspaper, magazine, etc.)
  3. To enunciate with clarity and precision:
(--- Printing) To set type in a composing stick
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  1. (--- Printing) To set type in a composing stick
  2. To pierce, puncture, or penetrate with a pointed instrument:
  3. To prop (a vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks
To cause a sharp, smarting pain:
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  1. To cause a sharp, smarting pain:
  2. To cause or feel sharp, smarting pain, either physical or mental
  3. To have, use, or wound with a sharp-pointed structure or organ:
To set on fire or subject to combustion, as in order to produce heat, light, or power
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  1. To set on fire or subject to combustion, as in order to produce heat, light, or power
  2. To consume or use as fuel or energy.
  3. To cause a strong impression, especially by emotional intensity:
To move or sound rhythmically; throb, pulsate, vibrate, tick, etc.
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  1. To move or sound rhythmically; throb, pulsate, vibrate, tick, etc.
  2. (Informal) To avoid or counter the effects of, often by thinking ahead; circumvent:
  3. To shape or break by repeated blows; forge:
To defraud, cheat, or swindle:
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  1. To defraud, cheat, or swindle:
  2. To do someone out of their due; to deceive or defraud, to cheat (someone).
  3. To get away without paying (a debt, etc.)
To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling.
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  1. To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling.
  2. To mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud; deceive.
  3. (Archaic) To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way.
To take something from by fraud; swindle:
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  1. To take something from by fraud; swindle:
To cheat or trick; dupe
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  1. To cheat or trick; dupe
To punish by a fine or by depriving of something
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  1. To punish by a fine or by depriving of something
  2. To extract (money, etc.) from (someone), as by fraud or deceit
  3. To take something from (another) by means of unseemly or deceptive methods.
(Obsolete) To squat; to ruck.
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  1. (Obsolete) To squat; to ruck.
  2. To swindle, cheat, defraud, etc.
  3. To swindle; cheat:
To engage in swindling others
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  1. To engage in swindling others
  2. To practice fraud as a means of obtaining money or property.
  3. To get money or property from (another) under false pretenses; cheat; defraud
To make someone a victim or sacrifice.
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  1. To make someone a victim or sacrifice.
  2. To subject to cruel or harmful treatment
  3. To injure or kill.
To get (something) in this way
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  1. To get (something) in this way
  2. To intrude oneself without welcome:
  3. (Informal) To take advantage of by cheating, sponging, etc.
(Informal) To trick, swindle, or cheat
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  1. (Informal) To trick, swindle, or cheat
To start growing; root or germinate:
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  1. To start growing; root or germinate:
  2. To carry in one's possession:
  3. To convey by transportation:
(Nautical) To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.
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  1. (Nautical) To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.
  2. To defeat soundly:
  3. To change one's opinions or viewpoint so as to satisfy opposing factions, etc.; compromise
(Slang) To play experimentally; toy:
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  1. (Slang) To play experimentally; toy:
  2. (Informal) To move back and forth in a jerky or rapid manner; jiggle
  3. (Slang) To waste time:
To take place; happen:
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  1. To take place; happen:
  2. To take place; go on
  3. (Slang) To take (drugs) illegally:
(Informal) To swindle; cheat
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  1. (Informal) To swindle; cheat
  2. To deprive (another) of something by fraud; cheat or swindle.
To become fixed, blocked, lodged, etc. as by an obstacle
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  1. To become fixed, blocked, lodged, etc. as by an obstacle
  2. To become or remain attached or in close association; cling:
  3. To become stopped or delayed; come to a standstill
To have, use, or wound with a sharp-pointed structure or organ:
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  1. To have, use, or wound with a sharp-pointed structure or organ:
  2. To cause a sharp, smarting pain:
  3. To cause or feel sharp, smarting pain, either physical or mental
To have many casual sexual affairs. Used especially of a man.
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  1. To have many casual sexual affairs. Used especially of a man.
  2. (Archaic) To flirt. Used especially of a man.
  3. To regularly enter into casual love affairs
To make effeminate
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  1. To make effeminate
  2. To be sexually promiscuous with women
An intentional misrepresentation uttered to cause another to rely on it to his detriment. An intentional misrepresentation uttered to cause another to rely on it to his detriment.
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  1. An intentional misrepresentation uttered to cause another to rely on it to his detriment. An intentional misrepresentation uttered to cause another to rely on it to his detriment.
  2. A person who deceives or who is not what he or she pretends to be; impostor; cheat
  3. (--- Law) Intentional deception to cause a person to give up property or some lawful right
An act of swindling; trick; cheat; fraud
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  1. An act of swindling; trick; cheat; fraud
Nonsense; rubbish; humbug
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  1. Nonsense; rubbish; humbug
  2. A sly trick or deception
  3. A deception; a swindle.
One who defrauds; a swindler.
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  1. One who defrauds; a swindler.
  2. An act of cheating; swindle; fraud
  3. A fraud or swindle.
(Obsolete) A hoax or swindle.
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  1. (Obsolete) A hoax or swindle.
  2. A person who cheats; swindler
  3. One who cheats.
One who cheats.
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  1. One who cheats.
  2. An improvised breaker bar made from a length of pipe and a wrench (spanner), usually used to free screws, bolts, etc. that are difficult to remove with a ratchet or wrench alone.
(Chess) A piece shaped like a castle tower, that can be moved only up, down, left or right (but not diagonally) or in castling.
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  1. (Chess) A piece shaped like a castle tower, that can be moved only up, down, left or right (but not diagonally) or in castling.
  2. A chess piece that may move in a straight line over any number of empty squares in a rank or file.
  3. A Eurasian corvid (Corvus frugilegus) having black plumage with a patch of bare skin around the base of the bill, and nesting in colonies near the tops of trees.
(Dated) a swindler; a cheat; a professional gambler who makes his living by cheating.
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  1. (Dated) a swindler; a cheat; a professional gambler who makes his living by cheating.
  2. One that deals dishonestly with others, especially a cheating gambler.
  3. A person, esp. a gambler, who is dishonest in dealing with others; cheat; swindler
A person who swindles; cheat
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  1. A person who swindles; cheat
A person who tricks; cheat
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  1. A person who tricks; cheat
  2. One that swindles or plays tricks.
  3. A mischievous or roguish figure in myth or folklore, often an animal, who typically makes up for physical weakness with cunning and subversive humor.
(Informal) A cheat; a swindler; a con artist.
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  1. (Informal) A cheat; a swindler; a con artist.
  2. (Informal, Ireland, 20th-century inner-city Dublin slang) A child.
  3. One who uses a chisel for carving.
(Informal) A person who steals or cheats; swindler or thief
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  1. (Informal) A person who steals or cheats; swindler or thief
  2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
  3. (Informal) One who makes a living by dishonest methods.
A person who diddles; a cheat.
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A swindler
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  1. A swindler
  2. An act of cheating; swindle; fraud
  3. One who defrauds; a swindler.

Synonym Study

  • Hoax implies a trick skillfully carried off simply to demonstrate the gullibility of the victim
  • Dupe stresses credulity in the person who is tricked or fooled
  • Trick implies deluding by means of a ruse, stratagem, etc., but does not always suggest fraudulence or a harmful motive
  • Swindle stresses the winning of a person's confidence in order to cheat or defraud that person of money
  • Defraud , chiefly a legal term, stresses the use of deliberate deception in criminally depriving a person of rights or property
  • Cheat , the most general term in this comparison, implies dealing dishonestly or deceptively with someone to obtain some advantage or gain
Find another word for cheat. In this page you can discover 147 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for cheat, like: swindler, cheater, charlatan, dodger, swindle, gyp, rogue, fraud, quack, conniver and confidence-man.