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BILK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bilk mean? 

BILK (verb)
  The verb BILK has 4 senses:

1. cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
2. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
3. evade payment to
4. escape, either physically or mentally

  Familiarity information: BILK used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BILK (verb)


Sense 1bilk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "bilk" is one way to...):

cheat; chisel; rip off (deprive somebody of something by deceit)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody of something

Sentence example:

They bilk him of all his money


Sense 2bilk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

thwart; scotch; queer; frustrate; foil; bilk; baffle; cross; spoil

Context examples:

What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge / foil your opponent

Hypernyms (to "bilk" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bilk"):

disappoint; let down (fail to meet the hopes or expectations of)

dash (destroy or break)

short-circuit (hamper the progress of; impede)

ruin (destroy or cause to fail)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3bilk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Evade payment to

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

He bilked his creditors

Hypernyms (to "bilk" is one way to...):

deprive (keep from having, keeping, or obtaining)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4bilk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Escape, either physically or mentally

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

elude; evade; bilk

Context examples:

The thief eluded the police / This difficult idea seems to evade her / The event evades explanation

Hypernyms (to "bilk" is one way to...):

break loose; escape; get away (run away from confinement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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