Definition of bilk in English:

bilk

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Pronunciation: /bɪlk
 
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informal

verb

[with object]
  • 1Obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by deceit; cheat or defraud: government waste has bilked the taxpayer of billions of dollars
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    • His father, Robert Todino Sr., worries that malicious users have preyed on Robby's ‘psychological problems’ and bilked him out of money.
    • Eagerly searching for work, Charlie unfortunately becomes the victim of a scam; he's bilked out of all his money, and his jobless situation has not changed.
    • Shaking his head, Deuce ushered the boy and the woman into the closest inn he could find and trust-one he'd stayed in before and knew wouldn't bilk him of his money or send stable boys in the middle of the night to rifle through his purse.
  • 1.1Obtain (money) fraudulently: some businesses bilk thousands of dollars from unsuspecting elderly consumers
  • 2 archaic Evade; elude.
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    • But if thou art still a man, show thyself such, step forth, bilk the prigs, and return to thy confederate and dear friend.

Derivatives

bilker

noun
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  • You're the best bilker I've ever had to deal with - and I want that floating gin palace of yours out of here - today.
  • Forget, too, the way you are forced to pay when you order rather than at the end of a meal even if it does suggest that you're a suspected bilker.
  • And even if checkbook bilkers are later caught, convictions are hard to get because many suspects cannot be identified to the satisfaction of courts.

Origin

mid 17th century (originally used in cribbage meaning 'spoil one's opponent's score'): perhaps a variant of balk.

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