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schlenter Line breaks: schlen|ter
Pronunciation: /ˈʃlɛntə/

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South African

Definition of schlenter in English:


Not genuine; counterfeit: boys learn to tell the difference between genuine and schlenter diamonds


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1A fake diamond.
1.1An illegal or dishonest scheme.
Example sentences
  • A rumour spread that the fight was a ‘schlenter’, a setup, with McGoorty backing Darcy to win.
1.2A confidence trickster.


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Achieve or acquire by underhand means: I can always manage to schlenter a car


From Dutch and Afrikaans slenter 'trick'. The sch- probably reflects Yiddish influence in the 19th century in diamond mining.

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