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swindle

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of swindle

an instance of the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value
  • Identity theft has become one of the most frequent and feared swindles of our time.
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swindle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of swindle

to rob by the use of trickery or threats
  • Hundreds of people were swindled out of their savings, and all they had to show for it were fake land deeds.
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Phrases Synonymous with swindle

sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners

Synonym Discussion of swindle

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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