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bilk

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verb \ˈbilk\

Simple Definition of bilk

  • : to cheat or trick (a person or organization) especially by taking money

Full Definition of bilk

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to block the free development of :  frustrate <fate bilks their hopes>

  3. 2 a :  to cheat out of something valuable :  defraud b :  to evade payment of or to <bilks his creditors>

  4. 3 :  to slip away from <bilked her pursuers>

bilk·er noun

Examples of bilk

  1. <an investigation revealed that the garage had been bilking motorists for repairs that had never been made>



Origin of bilk

perhaps alteration of 2balk


First Known Use: 1647

Rhymes with bilk


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bilk

noun

Definition of bilk

  1. :  an untrustworthy tricky individual :  cheat



Examples of bilk

  1. <people who lost money in the scheme discovered that the investment company was a fake and the owner just a bilk>



1790

First Known Use of bilk

1790



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