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hoodwink

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʊdwɪŋk
 
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Definition of hoodwink in English:

verb

[with object]
Deceive or trick: staff were hoodwinked into thinking the cucumber was a sawn-off shotgun
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
North American informal sucker, snooker, stiff, euchre, bunco, hornswoggle, make a sucker of
Australian informal pull a swifty on
archaic cozen, sharp, befool
rare mulct

Origin

mid 16th century (originally in the sense 'to blindfold'): from the noun hood1 + an obsolete sense of wink 'close the eyes'.

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