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sting

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sting

  1. 1 to charge (someone) too much for goods or services <a nightclub that's been stinging patrons for years> Synonyms gouge, soak, overcharge, surchargeRelated Words cheat, defraud, stick; clip, fleece, skin; mischargeAntonyms undercharge

  2. 2 to rob by the use of trickery or threats <swindlers who sting unwary tourists by posing as officials demanding money> Synonyms beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, chouse, con, cozen, defraud, diddle, do, do in, euchre, fiddle, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hose [slang], hustle, mulct, nobble [British slang], pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, short, shortchange, skin, skunk, squeeze, stick, stiff, fleece, sucker, swindle, thimblerig, victimizeRelated Words extort, wrench, wrest, wring; clip, gouge, nick, overcharge, soak; exploit, milk; deceive, dupe, fool, gull, trick; rope (in); betray, bitch, double-cross; bamboozle, fast-talk




sting

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of sting

  1. 1 an instance of the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value <the pawn shop operation turned out to be a sting by undercover police officers to catch the ring of burglars> Synonyms bunco (or bunko), con, fiddle [chiefly British], flimflam, gyp, hustle, scam, shell game, fraud, swindleRelated Words cross, fix; Ponzi scheme, pyramid scheme; racket, rip-off; thimblerig, three-card monte; device, dodge, gimmick, jig, ploy, scheme, sleight, stratagem, trick, wile; gouging, overcharging, soaking; counterfeit, fake, forgery, hoax, humbug, phony (also phoney), sham

  2. 2 a sharp unpleasant sensation usually felt in some specific part of the body <the sting of cold air against my face> Synonyms ache, pang, prick, shoot, smart, pain, stitch, throe, tingle, twingeRelated Words discomfort, distress, soreness, tenderness; affliction, agony, anguish, misery, sufferance, suffering, torment, torture; inflammation, sore, swelling; damage, detriment, harm, hurt, injury; backache, bellyache, charley horse, colic, complaint, earache, gripe, headache, stomachache, toothacheNear Antonyms comfort, ease, easiness




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