1 informal Obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by deceit; cheat or defraud.
swindle, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gullView synonyms
- ‘an apparently benevolent elderly gentleman bilked me of twenty dollars’
- ‘His father worries that malicious users have preyed on his son's ‘psychological problems’ and bilked him out of money.’
- ‘Eagerly searching for work, Charlie unfortunately becomes the victim of a scam; he's bilked out of all his money, and his jobless situation has not changed.’
- ‘Shaking his head, he ushered the boy and the woman into the closest inn he could find and trust - one he'd stayed in before and knew wouldn't bilk him of his money.’
- ‘Once there fraudsters attempt to bilk their victim for yet more cash.’
- ‘They accuse me of actually having a home while bilking good people of their hard earned cash.’
- ‘I thought they were putting extra charges on the bill to bilk people who weren't paying attention - I expected them to be very accommodating about correcting the bill if I made an issue out of it.’
- ‘There seem to be those that aren't really cut out for the demands of the 9 to 5 workday, and Vincent's one of those people, to be sure, but one must question if that alone justifies him bilking his father and friends out of money.’
- ‘One former customer service representative stated in 1999 that the company was ‘just bilking customers out of their money.’’
- ‘These men could be on the street right now, bilking old ladies out of their money.’
- ‘The electricity sector cannot be efficient when it breaks down catastrophically and bilks its own customers.’
- ‘The four of them end up bilking him out of millions.’
- ‘I also remembered that summer he bilked me out of fifty cents with the assurance that he had developed invisible arm bands that would shoot out steely webs just like Spiderman.’
- ‘Until the 20th century, someone who bilked the consumer without using force was rarely prosecuted.’
- ‘Archie's convinced the body shop is going to bilk him.’
- ‘Who builds the offices in which lawyers can bilk their clients?’
- ‘They are bilking fans out of millions of dollars by releasing the theatrical versions of the films several months in advance of the amazing extended editions.’
- ‘Not only had Chase bilked him out of millions of dollars, but to add insult to injury he was now demanding $1 million dollars for the safe return of his daughter.’
- 1.1Obtain (money) fraudulently.
- ‘some businesses bilk thousands of dollars from unsuspecting elderly consumers’
2 archaic Evade; elude.
evade, avoid, get away from, dodge, flee, escape, escape from, run from, run away fromView synonyms
- ‘But if thou art still a man, show thyself such, step forth, bilk the prigs, and return to thy confederate and dear friend.’
Mid 17th century (originally used in cribbage meaning ‘spoil one's opponent's score’): perhaps a variant of balk.
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