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bilk

verb

  1. (cheat)  to cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
    Type of: cheat
  2. (prevent)  to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    Synonyms: baffle, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart. Type of: prevent
  3. (deprive)  to evade payment to
    Type of: deprive
  4. (escape)  to escape, either physically or mentally
    Synonyms: elude, evade, overslip [archaic]. Type of: escape

Etymology summary

the noun (1630s), first used as a cribbage term. Origin obscure, it was believed ...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

bilk | thwart [synonym, sense-specific] | elude [synonym, sense-specific] | bilker [noun, derived]

to balk; thwart | [often followed by "of"] to cheat or deceive, especially to avoid making payment to | to escape from; elude | [cribbage] to play a ... (25 of 397 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

bilk [entry 1, verb] | frustrate [synonym, sense-specific] | defraud [synonym, sense-specific] | beat [synonym, sense-specific] | fleece [synonym, sense-specific] | bleed [synonym, sense-specific] | cheat [synonym, sense-specific] | chisel [synonym, sense-specific] | chouse [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to block the free development of; "frustrate" | to cheat out of something valuable; "defraud" ; to evade payment of or to | to slip away from (25 of 158 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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bilk [entry 2, noun] | cheat [synonym] | trickster [synonym] | bilker [synonym] | cheater [synonym] | chiseler [synonym] | confidence man [synonym] | cozener [synonym] | defrauder [synonym] | ...

an untrustworthy tricky individual; "cheat" (5 of 115 words, 1 usage example)

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Wikipedia:

Bilk [disambiguation]

can refer to: Bilk, a milk beer made by the Abashiri brewery | Bilk, verb, to void paying money which borrowed from others | Düsseldorf-Bilk, a part of Düsseldorf | As a surname: Acker Bilk, a famous clarinettist (35 of 87 words, 4 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

bilk | bilker [derived]

[informal] : obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by deceit; cheat or defraud | obtain (money) fraudulently | [archaic] : evade; elude. (22 of 79 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bilk | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle] | bilks [3rd-person singular present] | bilker [noun, related]

To defraud, cheat, or swindle | To evade payment of | To thwart or frustrate | To elude. | One who cheats. | [obsolete] A hoax or swindle. (23 of 64 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

bilk | bilks [plural] | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle]

[cribbage] The spoiling of someone's score in the crib. | [obsolete] A deception, a hoax. | [transitive] To spoil the score of (someone) in cribbage. | [transitive] To do someone out of their due; to deceive or defraud, to cheat (someone). (38 of 56 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

bilk

to defraud; cheat. | to evade payment of (a debt). | to frustrate. | to escape from; elude. | a cheat; swindler. | a trick; fraud; deceit. (22 of 53 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

bilk | bilker [noun, related]

to balk or thwart | to cheat or swindle; defraud | to get away without paying (a debt, etc.) | to manage to get away from; elude | a bilking or being ... (28 of 49 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

bilk [transitive, informal] | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle] | bilks [3rd-person singular present]

to get money from someone in a dishonest way (9 of 39 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

bilk | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle] | bilks [3rd-person singular present]

to cheat somebody, especially by swindling him or her out of money (informal) | to avoid paying a debt or a person to whom money is owed (informal) | ... (27 of 78 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

bilk

First use: 1650s

Origin: the noun (1630s), first used as a cribbage term. Origin obscure, it was believed in 17th century to be "a word signifying nothing", perhaps of Arabic ... (27 of 44 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

bilk

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: (originally used in cribbage meaning 'spoil one's opponent's score'): perhaps a variant of "balk"

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Wiktionary:

bilk | bilks [plural] | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle]

Origin: Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant form of balk.

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Collins Dictionary:

bilk

First use: 17th century

Origin: perhaps variant of balk

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bilk | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle] | bilks [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Perhaps alteration of "balk".

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New World Dictionary:

bilk

Origin: perhaps altered from "balk"

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Merriam-Webster:

bilk [entry 1, verb]

First use: 1647

Origin: perhaps alteration of balk

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

bilk | bilks [plural] | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle]

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Collins Dictionary:

bilk

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

bilk [transitive, informal] | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle] | bilks [3rd-person singular present]

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the Free Dictionary:

bilk

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Google Dictionary:

bilk | bilked [past tense] | bilking [present participle] | bilks [3rd-person singular present]

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