Definition of gazump in English:



[with object]British
  • 1Make a higher offer for a house than (someone whose offer has already been accepted by the seller) and thus succeed in acquiring the property.

    ‘the trio are fuming after they were gazumped by a property speculator’
    ‘gazumping has returned, as there is a shortage of good properties’
    • ‘Whereas gazumping gave sellers the upper hand, allowing them to accept 11 th hour bids above the original offer, gazundering turns the tables on them.’
    • ‘Whether or not gazumping is still practiced, though, it is important to bear in mind that buyers have no rights whatsoever if they find themselves gazumped before a contract has been signed.’
    • ‘"It's a bit like buying a house, and we could still get gazumped."’
    • ‘That well and truly gazumps the bid of $36.80.’
    • ‘Can the group of all male plumbers plumb the depths of their minds to achieve a good result or will the estate agents gazump them?’
    • ‘Indubitably we should learn from the mistakes of the 1980s and not allow gazumping to be part of modern house-buying negotiations.’
    • ‘The advantages of this are that I am less likely to be gazumped and the vendors don't have to pay agents' fees - which, in theory, means they can offer the place at a more palatable price.’
    • ‘Those concerns include problems such as gazumping, unrealistic guide prices, inaccurate property information and perceptions that ‘phantom bidders’ are employed to force buyers to raise their bids.’
    • ‘National has yet to announce its tax cuts, and Labour will need a sizable policy in reserve if it wants to gazump them too.’
    • ‘That committee finally reported last Friday, but the Government had already gazumped it.’
    • ‘Yes, it sounds as if the modern digital cellular service has already gazumped the WiFi network idea.’
    • ‘The medium really did seem in danger of gazumping the message.’
    • ‘I note his extremely powerful debut in the house earlier today when he gazumped the Finance Minister!’
    • ‘The carriage office has a team of officers which patrols the centre of Dublin at weekends in an effort to stamp out unofficial ranks and gazumping by cab drivers.’
    • ‘It is unacceptable that a department would gazump a voluntary body.’
    • ‘It is extremely frustrating to think you are winning an auction, only to find you have been gazumped in the last few minutes.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We feel a bit gazumped by this.’’
    • ‘That policy was just to gazump what the National Party had offered, I might say.’
    • ‘Anyone who's experienced a slow and miserable house purchase or sale, or has been gazumped, will no doubt believe there must be a better process.’
    • ‘You would have thought that when the yarn didn't make it into print on Sunday, he would have thanked his lucky stars and whipped out a statement to gazump anything else.’
  • 2dated Swindle (someone)

    ‘I gazumped a friend of mine with complete success last night’
    • ‘Amidst the saccharine clichés, there are lots of uncomfortable moments as she ponders gazumping her client.’
    defraud, cheat, trick, fleece, dupe, deceive, exploit, squeeze, milk, bleed
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1920s (in gazump (sense 2)): from Yiddish gezumph ‘overcharge’. gazump (sense 1) dates from the 1970s.