verb[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
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of hornswoggle in:
- The US English dictionary