Definition of rort in English:



  • 1NZ A fraudulent or dishonest act or practice.

    ‘a tax rort’
    • ‘It is possible to win by addressing these issues openly and honesty as Peter Beattie did in Queensland with the electoral rorts affair.’
    • ‘With all the travel rorts and credit card misuses by politicians and high officials that have been exposed in recent times, this further instance of ripping off the taxpayer was sure to ignite public opinion.’
    • ‘They see political entitlements with too many rorts and too much feather-bedding.’
    • ‘But ask any long-term employee and a cascade of rorts, real and imagined, come tumbling out.’
    • ‘The facts of these matters and the rorts around them are now part of public record.’
    • ‘One of Australia's biggest rorts is a politician's superannuation.’
    • ‘In August 1999 a firm represented on a State Government committee investigating real estate rorts was accused of being part of the problem.’
    • ‘Today I've decided to take a look at some of these rip-offs and rorts, and to invite readers to submit their own observations and opinions by way of the forums.’
    • ‘What MPs have done is legislate a tax rort for themselves.’
    • ‘They set up a fake company that appeals to greedy businessmen keen for a rort and the race is on.’
    deception, trick, cheat, hoax, subterfuge, stratagem, wile, ruse, artifice, swindle, racket
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  • 2dated A wild party.

    • ‘They seem to be able to find money to waste on rorts and subsidising big business but yet we still have waiting lists in hospitals.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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[NO OBJECT]Australian, NZ
  • 1 Engage in sharp practice.

    • ‘I am not entirely sure that politicians, as a class, are any worse than ever they were, but what is clear is that the opportunities they now have to rort are greater than ever they were.’
    • ‘This was a club that cheated and rorted over a period of years and they deserved everything they got and, arguably, quite some more.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Manipulate (a ballot or records) fraudulently; rig.
      • ‘He was disgraced three years ago for rorting the party books and only escaped prison on, as the PM would say, ‘a technicality‘.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Work (a system) to obtain the greatest benefit while remaining within the letter of the law.
      • ‘Senior politicians, rorting the system with inflated travel claims.’
      • ‘Stories of the first home buyers’ scheme being rorted are not new.’
      • ‘He and his friends, family and mentors rorted the system.’
      • ‘Between the second preliminary hearing and the first directions hearing, I caught and exposed three councillors for rorting the system.’
      • ‘If you do nothing productive you are a bludger, get something positive together then we are accused of rorting the system.’
      • ‘‘This highlights our concerns that the system is being rorted by employers,’ Roberston says.’


1930s: back-formation from rorty.