One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbgypping, gyps, gypped[with object]informal
Cheat or swindle (someone)‘that's salesmanship, you have to gyp people into buying stuff they don't like’
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
- ‘We learned later, after a beautiful drive alongside the palm-lined Euphrates back to Baghdad that our guides had gypped us.’
- ‘Lean on the handrails to support the majority of your body weight and gyp yourself out of the workout you deserve.’
- ‘So did you feel totally gypped when he admitted to cheating on his wife?’
- ‘You feel gypped when most bands play shorthanded, but not with this lot.’
- ‘It doesn't really satisfy, but you probably won't exit the theater feeling gypped.’
- ‘We felt gypped, cheated, enraged.’
- ‘Later we made the corrections and gave each person a copy, so that they never thought that they'd been gypped.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Or perhaps you got gypped genetically, and earning prize-winning abs has been a losing battle.’
- ‘In this manner I consumed this epic work within fifteen minutes and felt gypped.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘And we are getting gypped every time contract negotiations come up.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Jr. has got to be feeling awfully gypped these days.’
- ‘Because I swear that jerk has gypped Joanie and Dinah already this week!’
- ‘People are going to come to get their money's worth, and then get 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.’
- ‘I know they are a ripoff, and regardless of whether I liked the original or not, I feel gypped.’
- ‘We are angrily awaiting him, because he gypped us last year.’
An act of cheating someone; a swindle.
stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, artifice, wile, dodgeView synonyms
- ‘Which is a bit of a gyp, since * they * are the ones who put that spare tire there!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That also means I never actually turned into a four-foot dragon, which is kind of a gyp.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
Pain or discomfort.‘one of her Achilles tendons had begun giving her gyp’
pain, aches and pains, soreness, tenderness, irritation, stiffness, malaiseView synonyms
- ‘‘If I slightly twist the leg or I stand on a stone then it can give me gip,’ she said.’
- ‘Running as if in diving boots, his back looked stiff and his shoulder appeared to be giving him gyp.’
- ‘My goodness but my joints are giving me gip today!’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: perhaps from gee-up (see gee).
A college servant at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham.
attendant, retainerView synonyms
- ‘I would get up early, leaving my room to be taken care of by a gyp who would even make my bed.’
- ‘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.’
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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