Definition of rort in English:


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Pronunciation: /rɔːt


  • 1Australian /NZ A fraudulent or dishonest act or practice: a tax rort
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    • What MPs have done is legislate a tax rort for themselves.
    • Today I've decided to take a look at some of these rip-offs and rorts, and to invite readers to submit their own observations and opinions by way of the forums.
    • They see political entitlements with too many rorts and too much feather-bedding.
  • 2Australian dated A wild party.
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    • They seem to be able to find money to waste on rorts and subsidising big business but yet we still have waiting lists in hospitals.


[no object] Australian /NZ Back to top  
  • 1Engage in sharp practice.
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    • This was a club that cheated and rorted over a period of years and they deserved everything they got and, arguably, quite some more.
    • I am not entirely sure that politicians, as a class, are any worse than ever they were, but what is clear is that the opportunities they now have to rort are greater than ever they were.
  • 1.1 [with object] Manipulate (a ballot or records) fraudulently; rig.
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    • He was disgraced three years ago for rorting the party books and only escaped prison on, as the PM would say, ‘a technicality‘.
  • 1.2 [with object] Work (a system) to obtain the greatest benefit while remaining within the letter of the law.
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    • Senior politicians, rorting the system with inflated travel claims.
    • If you do nothing productive you are a bludger, get something positive together then we are accused of rorting the system.
    • He and his friends, family and mentors rorted the system.


1930s: back-formation from rorty.

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