Definition of swindle in English:

swindle

Syllabification: swin·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈswindl
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions: a businessman swindled investors out of millions of dollars
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    • The so-called ‘phishing’ scams have developed as a popular technique for fraudsters to swindle people out of everything from PayPal accounts to ATM codes.
    • In 1989 he pleaded guilty to 55 counts of fraud, allegedly swindling elderly victims in Virginia and Tennessee out of around $1.25 million.
    • Then we hear about widespread accounting malpractices, even in giant corporations, and start to wonder if this is not a huge conspiracy to swindle us out of our money.
  • 1.1Obtain (money) fraudulently: he was said to have swindled $62.5 million from the pension fund
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    • In 2001, a few newspapers carried stories on local securities firms swindling money from investors but soon all fell silent.
    • He allegedly swindled funds meant for building a culvert and a school.
    • Police in Shanghai have cracked a gang of four who swindled money using short messaging service on cell phones.
    Synonyms
    defraud, cheat, trick, dupe, deceive, fool, hoax, hoodwink, bamboozle
    informal fleece, con, bilk, sting, hose, diddle, rip off, take for a ride, pull a fast one on, put one over on, take to the cleaners, gull, stiff, euchre, hornswoggle
    literary cozen

noun

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Derivatives

swindler

noun
More example sentences
  • What's the appeal to you of property criminals such as hucksters, card cheats, swindlers, bank robbers, and con men?
  • Not even the police care too much about what's going on in these streets’ the old man chuckled, ‘this is where all the swindlers and thieves hang out.’
  • Unfortunately, swindlers also exploited the tragedy to make money over the Internet.
Synonyms
fraudster, fraud, confidence man, confidence trickster, trickster, cheat, rogue, mountebank, charlatan, impostor, hoaxer
informal con man, con artist, scam artist, shyster, gonif, shark, sharp, hustler, phony, crook, snake oil salesman

Origin

late 18th century: back-formation from swindler, from German Schwindler 'extravagant maker of schemes, swindler', from schwindeln 'be giddy', also 'tell lies'.

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