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 Dictionary entry overview: What does swindle mean? 

SWINDLE (noun)
  The noun SWINDLE has 1 sense:

1. the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

  Familiarity information: SWINDLE used as a noun is very rare.

SWINDLE (verb)
  The verb SWINDLE has 1 sense:

1. deprive of by deceit

  Familiarity information: SWINDLE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SWINDLE (noun)

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The act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


swindle; cheat; rig

Context example:

that book is a fraud

Hypernyms ("swindle" is a kind of...):

fraud (intentional deception resulting in injury to another person)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "swindle"):

cozenage; scam (a fraudulent business scheme)

bunco; bunco game; bunko; bunko game; con; con game; confidence game; confidence trick; flimflam; gyp; hustle; sting (a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property)

pyramiding (a fraudulent business practice involving some form of pyramid scheme e.g., the chain of distribution is artificially expanded by an excessive number of distributors selling to other distributors at progressively higher wholesale prices until retail prices are unnecessarily inflated)

holdout (the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later)

swiz (British)

shell game; thimblerig (a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under)

SWINDLE (verb)

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Deprive of by deceit

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


swindle; scam; rook; nobble; mulct; hornswoggle; gyp; goldbrick; gip; diddle; defraud; con; bunco; short-change; victimize

Context examples:

He swindled me out of my inheritance / She defrauded the customers who trusted her / the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change

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

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

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

short; short-change (cheat someone by not returning him enough money)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Sentence example:

They swindle him of all his money

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