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hoodwink

Syllabification: hood·wink
Pronunciation: /ˈho͝odˌwiNGk
 
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Definition of hoodwink in English:

verb

[with object]
Deceive or trick (someone): an attempt to hoodwink the public
More example sentences
  • Critics of fish farming are furious at what they consider to be an attempt to hoodwink the public.
  • They accuse stem cell research traditionalists of hoodwinking the public by promising cures they cannot deliver.
  • But I have to say that in this instance she emerges with a lot of credit as someone who is prepared to put her money where her mouth is - and is prepared to admit in public that she was hoodwinked.
Synonyms
deceive, trick, dupe, outwit, fool, delude, inveigle, cheat, take in, hoax, mislead, lead on, defraud, double-cross, swindle, gull, scam
informal con, bamboozle, hornswoggle, fleece, do, have, sting, gyp, shaft, rip off, lead up the garden path, pull a fast one on, put one over on, take for a ride, pull the wool over someone's eyes, sucker, snooker
literary cozen

Origin

mid 16th century (originally in the sense 'to blindfold'): from the noun hood1 + an obsolete sense of wink 'close the eyes'.

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