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Examples of bilk in a Sentence
an investigation revealed that the garage had been bilking motorists for repairs that had never been made
Recent Examples of bilk from the Web
A total of 15 people are charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering in the scam that authorities said bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million.
Alabama Political Reporter columnist Josh Moon wrote that he had been contacted by Cataldo's parents who claimed their daughter was bilked out of a $17 million legal settlement by then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and then-Gov.
According to Rosenthal, the ambulance industry has been transformed from a free, largely volunteer service, into a privatized money-maker that not infrequently bilks those desperately ill enough to require its services.
The Federal Trade Commission is accusing Cooper and his company of bilking thousands of erstwhile inventors out of millions of dollars since founding the company in 2010.
Duke had pleaded guilty to bilking his supporters and cheating on his income taxes.
Later when Kim and Saul enjoy cocktails at an upscale bar, her boyfriend explains an elaborate con to bilk a man who verbally abuses a server.
Bridgepoint Education was slammed with a $31.5 million fine for bilking students and company stock tanked.
One striking sequence assembles an audio montage of clients testifying to how they’d been bilked, over a succession of arty black-and-white photos.
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Did You Know?
Initially, "bilking" wasn't considered cheating-just good strategy for cribbage players. Language historians aren't sure where "bilk" originated, but they have noticed that its earliest uses occur in contexts referring to cribbage. Part of the scoring in cribbage involves each player adding cards from his or her hand to a pile of discards called the "crib." At the end of a hand, the dealer gets any points in the crib. Strategically, then, it's wisest for the dealer's opponent to discard non-scoring cards-the ones most likely to "balk," or put a check on, the dealer's score. Etymologists theorize that "bilk" may have originated as an alteration of that card-game "balk."
Origin and Etymology of bilk
perhaps alteration of 2balk
First Known Use: 1642See Words from the same year
Definition of bilk
: an untrustworthy tricky individual : cheat
Examples of bilk in a Sentence
people who lost money in the scheme discovered that the investment company was a fake and the “owner” just a bilk
BILK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bilk for English Language Learners
: to cheat or trick (a person or organization) especially by taking money
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