Bilk



to defraud; cheat:
He bilked the government of almost a million dollars.
to evade payment of (a debt).
to frustrate:
a career bilked by poor health.
to escape from; elude:
to bilk one’s pursuers.
a cheat; swindler.
a trick; fraud; deceit.
Contemporary Examples

Catfish’s Photo Fraud Victim Gina Piccalo October 3, 2010
Your Probiotic Is Probably B.S. Carrie Arnold June 24, 2014
Witness Testifies He Took Rielle Hunter to an Airport in the Dead of Night Diane Dimond May 7, 2012

Historical Examples

The Remarkable History of Sir Thomas Upmore, bart., M.P., formerly known as “Tommy Upmore” R. D. Blackmore
The American Claimant Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862 Various
The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims Andrew Steinmetz
Jaufry the Knight and the Fair Brunissende Mary Lafon
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8 Various
Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed

verb (transitive)
to balk; thwart
(often foll by of) to cheat or deceive, esp to avoid making payment to
to escape from; elude
(cribbage) to play a card that hinders (one’s opponent) from scoring in his or her crib
noun
a swindle or cheat
a person who swindles or cheats
v.

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