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grift

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Pronunciation: /ɡrɪft
 
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North American informal

Definition of grift in English:

verb

[no object]
Engage in petty or small-scale swindling: how long have you been grifting?
More example sentences
  • Sooner rather than later, Gus' funds begin to run out, so he begins grifting for money.
  • His exceptional skills at grifting combined with his good looks have allowed him to believe that he can con anybody.
  • The #1 rule of grifting is to con the mark in such a way that they don't want to turn you in.

noun

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A petty or small-scale swindle: a Sixth Avenue palmistry grift
More example sentences
  • And Martha discovers that there is a dear price to pay for buying into a world of grifts, scams, and dishonesty.
  • Because the movie is too lazy to set up some grifts, Reilly and Luna are established as out-and-out thieves.
  • Only when Ann Merai and her husband - along with the hundreds of thousands of dollars - go up in smoke, does Matt realize that he's been entangled in an elaborate grift, where every single clue winds up pointing towards him.

Origin

early 20th century: alteration of graft3.

Derivatives

grifter

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Not only has spam quadrupled but the spammers' technology and methods also have been adopted by virus writers, grifters, and thieves.
  • The search for this loot has gotten a lot of media attention - and apparently become the focus of scams being run by Internet grifters.
  • A few of these grifters have been jailed, including a Texas man sentenced in January to 6 1/2 years in prison and ordered to repay the government about $1.2 million.

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