bilk

bilker, n.
/bilk/, v.t.
1. to defraud; cheat: He bilked the government of almost a million dollars.
2. to evade payment of (a debt).
3. to frustrate: a career bilked by poor health.
4. to escape from; elude: to bilk one's pursuers.
n.
5. a cheat; swindler.
6. a trick; fraud; deceit.
[1625-35; of obscure orig.]
Syn. 1. swindle, trick, dupe, fleece, rook.

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Synonyms:
(by not fulfilling an engagement), , , , , ,


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