Definition of hornswoggle in English:

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hornswoggle

Pronunciation: /ˈhôrnˌswäɡəl/

verb

[with object] (usually be hornswoggled) informal, chiefly North American
Get the better of (someone) by cheating or deception: you mean to say you were 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: horn·swog·gle

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