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hornswoggle Line breaks: horn|swog¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːnswɒɡ(ə)l/

Definition of hornswoggle in English:


[with object] informal, chiefly North American
Get the better of (someone) by cheating or deception: the day would soon arrive when Peter would see he’d been well and truly hornswoggled
More example sentences
  • Was he really trying to hornswoggle the troops and the American people?
  • And Mike was hornswoggled enough to replace some of his martial graphics with a picture of some nice mountain scenery.
  • Instead, he seems to have suggested he was hornswoggled by someone named Lucy.


Early 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.

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