One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal Obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by deceit; cheat or defraud.‘government waste has bilked the taxpayer of billions of dollars’
swindle, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gullswindle, defraud, cheat, fleece, exploitView synonyms
- ‘Not only had Chase bilked him out of millions of dollars, but to add insult to injury he was now demanding $1 million dollars for the safe return of his daughter.’
- ‘One former customer service representative stated in 1999 that the company was ‘just bilking customers out of their money.’’
- ‘Until the 20th century, someone who bilked the consumer without using force was rarely prosecuted.’
- ‘The electricity sector cannot be efficient when it breaks down catastrophically and bilks its own customers.’
- ‘If I were younger though, I'd do like many of the younger teachers here in Vegas do and moonlight in the casinos where you get paid more to bilk the adults of today than educate the leaders of tomorrow.’
- ‘Archie's convinced the body shop is going to bilk him.’
- ‘Who builds the offices in which lawyers can bilk their clients?’
- ‘I thought they were putting extra charges on the bill to bilk people who weren't paying attention - I expected them to be very accommodating about correcting the bill if I made an issue out of it.’
- ‘There seem to be those that aren't really cut out for the demands of the 9 to 5 workday, and Vincent's one of those people, to be sure, but one must question if that alone justifies him bilking his father and friends out of money.’
- ‘Once there fraudsters attempt to bilk their victim for yet more cash.’
- ‘Some fake old woman was trying to bilk his innocent friend out of some money.’
- ‘They are bilking fans out of millions of dollars by releasing the theatrical versions of the films several months in advance of the amazing extended editions.’
- ‘His father, Robert Todino Sr., worries that malicious users have preyed on Robby's ‘psychological problems’ and bilked him out of money.’
- ‘Shaking his head, Deuce ushered the boy and the woman into the closest inn he could find and trust-one he'd stayed in before and knew wouldn't bilk him of his money or send stable boys in the middle of the night to rifle through his purse.’
- ‘These men could be on the street right now, bilking old ladies out of their money.’
- ‘Eagerly searching for work, Charlie unfortunately becomes the victim of a scam; he's bilked out of all his money, and his jobless situation has not changed.’
- ‘They accuse me of actually having a home while bilking good people of their hard earned cash.’
- ‘With American education falling into decay, and each generation leaving school more hopeless than the last, it's good to know New York State isn't bilking its teachers.’
- ‘I also remembered that summer he bilked me out of fifty cents with the assurance that he had developed invisible arm bands that would shoot out steely webs just like Spiderman.’
- ‘The four of them turn the tables on Eddington and end up bilking him out of millions.’
- 1.1 Obtain (money) fraudulently.‘some businesses bilk thousands of dollars from unsuspecting elderly consumers’
2archaic Evade; elude.
evade, avoid, get away from, dodge, flee, escape, escape from, run from, run away fromView synonyms
- ‘But if thou art still a man, show thyself such, step forth, bilk the prigs, and return to thy confederate and dear friend.’
Mid 17th century (originally used in cribbage meaning ‘spoil one's opponent's score’): perhaps a variant of balk.
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