[chous] /tʃaʊs/

verb (used with object), choused, chousing.
to swindle; cheat (often followed by of or out of).
a swindle.
Archaic. a swindler.
Archaic. a dupe.

“swindler, swindle,” 1650s, said to be from Turkish chaush “sergeant, herald, messenger,” but the sense connection is obscure.


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