- Deceive or trick: staff were hoodwinked into thinking the cucumber was a sawn-off shotgunMore example sentences
deceive, trick, dupe, outwit, fool, delude, cheat, take in, bluff, hoax, mislead, misguide, lead on, defraud, double-cross, swindle, gull, finagle, get the better of• informal con, bamboozle, do, have, sting, gyp, diddle, fiddle, swizzle, shaft, bilk, rook, rip off, lead up the garden path, pull a fast one on, put one over on, take for a ride, pull the wool over someone's eyes, throw dust in someone's eyes, sell a pup to, take to the cleanersAustralian • informal pull a swifty on• rare mulct
- Critics of fish farming are furious at what they consider to be an attempt to hoodwink the public.
- They accuse stem cell research traditionalists of hoodwinking the public by promising cures they cannot deliver.
- But I have to say that in this instance she emerges with a lot of credit as someone who is prepared to put her money where her mouth is - and is prepared to admit in public that she was hoodwinked.