Definition of rort in English:



  • 1NZ A fraudulent or dishonest act or practice.

    ‘a tax rort’
    • ‘The facts of these matters and the rorts around them are now part of public record.’
    • ‘But ask any long-term employee and a cascade of rorts, real and imagined, come tumbling out.’
    • ‘They set up a fake company that appeals to greedy businessmen keen for a rort and the race is on.’
    • ‘In August 1999 a firm represented on a State Government committee investigating real estate rorts was accused of being part of the problem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of Australia's biggest rorts is a politician's superannuation.’
    • ‘What MPs have done is legislate a tax rort for themselves.’
    • ‘It is possible to win by addressing these issues openly and honesty as Peter Beattie did in Queensland with the electoral rorts affair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They see political entitlements with too many rorts and too much feather-bedding.’
    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]NZ, Australian
  • 1Engage in sharp practice.

    • ‘This was a club that cheated and rorted over a period of years and they deserved everything they got and, arguably, quite some more.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1with 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. 1.2with object Work (a system) to obtain the greatest benefit while remaining within the letter of the law.
      • ‘‘This highlights our concerns that the system is being rorted by employers,’ Roberston says.’
      • ‘Senior politicians, rorting the system with inflated travel claims.’
      • ‘Between the second preliminary hearing and the first directions hearing, I caught and exposed three councillors for rorting the system.’
      • ‘He and his friends, family and mentors rorted the system.’
      • ‘If you do nothing productive you are a bludger, get something positive together then we are accused of rorting the system.’
      • ‘Stories of the first home buyers’ scheme being rorted are not new.’


1930s: back-formation from rorty.