One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who takes someone or something in, in various senses.
2Specifically. A person who carries out or is involved in an act of deception; a trickster, a swindler.
3Stock Market. A broker who takes in stocks or shares. Compare "taker". Now disused.
4In a carding machine: a cylinder which receives the cotton, wool, etc., from the feed rollers and passes it on to the main cylinder.
Mid 17th century. From taker + in, after to take in.
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