bilk /bɪlk / ‹informal›

b

I. verb [with obj.]

1. obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by deceit; cheat or defraud

government waste has bilked the taxpayer of billions of dollars.
2. obtain (money) fraudulently

some businesses bilk thousands of dollars from unsuspecting elderly consumers.
3.
‹archaic› evade; elude.
II. derivatives

bilker
noun


– origin mid 17th cent. (originally used in cribbage meaning ‘spoil one’s opponent’s score’): perhaps a variant of balk.

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