One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbgypping, gyps, gypped[with object]informal
Cheat or swindle (someone)‘a young inventor gypped by greedy financiers’
deceive, trick, dupe, outwit, fool, delude, cheat, take in, bluff, hoax, mislead, misguide, lead on, defraud, double-cross, swindle, gull, finagle, get the better ofView synonyms
- ‘Or perhaps you got gypped genetically, and earning prize-winning abs has been a losing battle.’
- ‘People are going to come to get their money's worth, and then get gypped.’
- ‘I just feel gypped, like I paid ten dollars for a chocolate bar from the ‘best place in town’, and then it turned out to be horrible.’
- ‘Jr. has got to be feeling awfully gypped these days.’
- ‘And we are getting gypped every time contract negotiations come up.’
- ‘I know they are a ripoff, and regardless of whether I liked the original or not, I feel gypped.’
- ‘In this manner I consumed this epic work within fifteen minutes and felt gypped.’
- ‘You feel gypped when most bands play shorthanded, but not with this lot.’
- ‘Lean on the handrails to support the majority of your body weight and gyp yourself out of the workout you deserve.’
- ‘We felt gypped, cheated, enraged.’
- ‘What was bothering me was the thought that my boss was acting in a punitive kind of way with intent to gyp me out of what I was entitled to for the purposes of saving money.’
- ‘Observing the extent to which Trinidadians are gypped by large businesses and government offices makes me a vocal example of your assertion that the educated class is being lost to countries of the north Atlantic.’
- ‘We learned later, after a beautiful drive alongside the palm-lined Euphrates back to Baghdad that our guides had gypped us.’
- ‘So did you feel totally gypped when he admitted to cheating on his wife?’
- ‘Later we made the corrections and gave each person a copy, so that they never thought that they'd been gypped.’
- ‘It doesn't really satisfy, but you probably won't exit the theater feeling gypped.’
- ‘While Eva is attracted to freedom of movement, she also associates a non-sedentary lifestyle with criminality, with ‘gypping’ folks of their accumulated possessions.’
- ‘Mom woke me up to give me a little broth (since my body has a habit of emptying its contents on an hourly basis, she gypped me of the good stuff).’
- ‘We are angrily awaiting him, because he gypped us last year.’
- ‘Because I swear that jerk has gypped Joanie and Dinah already this week!’
An act of cheating someone; a swindle.
stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, artifice, wile, dodgeView synonyms
- ‘That also means I never actually turned into a four-foot dragon, which is kind of a gyp.’
- ‘But to have a machete-wielding wild woman and a baseball bat-brandishing hero and to never once get a good look at their handiwork seems like a colossal gyp.’
- ‘Which is a bit of a gyp, since * they * are the ones who put that spare tire there!’
- ‘I'm a bit miffed because weblogging has done absolutely nothing for my sex life - what a gyp.’
- ‘The boys simply praise their companions' qualities and unsentimentally lament their death, which in their cosmology was mainly just a big gyp.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
nounPlural gypsmass nounBritish
Pain or discomfort.‘one of her Achilles tendons had begun giving her gyp’
pain, aches and pains, soreness, tenderness, irritation, stiffness, malaiseView synonyms
- ‘Running as if in diving boots, his back looked stiff and his shoulder appeared to be giving him gyp.’
- ‘But I have arthritis, doctor, which has been giving me gyp for about a decade.’
- ‘We'd just spent four hours traipsing around Taunton and, despite two stops for coffee and several rests, my back and legs were giving me gyp.’
- ‘‘If I slightly twist the leg or I stand on a stone then it can give me gip,’ she said.’
- ‘My goodness but my joints are giving me gip today!’
Late 19th century: perhaps from gee-up (see gee).
A college servant at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham.
attendant, retainerView synonyms
- ‘I can recollect, when I was a gyp at Cambridge, that the men used to have breakfast-parties for the very same purpose; and the exhibition of the morning acted infallibly upon the stomach, and caused the young students to eat with much voracity.’
- ‘I would get up early, leaving my room to be taken care of by a gyp who would even make my bed.’
Mid 18th century: perhaps from obsolete gippo ‘menial kitchen servant’, originally denoting a man's short tunic, from obsolete French jupeau.
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