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cozen

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1 to cause to believe what is untrue

  • cozened several elderly ladies into believing that he was intending marriage
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do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes

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2 to rob by the use of trickery or threats

  • cozened scores of people by persuading them to hand over funds that he would "invest"
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sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners

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cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle mean to get something by dishonesty or deception. cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation.
    • cheated me out of a dollar
cozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose.
    • always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars
defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth.
    • defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyer
swindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence.
    • swindled of their savings by con artists

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