- Deceive or trick (someone): an attempt to hoodwink the publicMore example sentences
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
- 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.