Definition of hornswoggle in English:


Line breaks: horn|swog¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːnswɒg(ə)l


[with object] informal , chiefly North American
  • Get the better of (someone) by cheating or deception: the day would soon arrive when Peter would see he’d been well and truly hornswoggled
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    • Was he really trying to hornswoggle the troops and the American people?
    • And Mike was hornswoggled enough to replace some of his martial graphics with a picture of some nice mountain scenery.
    • Instead, he seems to have suggested he was hornswoggled by someone named Lucy.


early 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.

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