Definition of swindle in English:

swindle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions.

    ‘a businessman swindled investors out of millions of dollars’
    • ‘It quickly becomes evident this blind man is far from helpless, as he proceeds to swindle the gangsters out of all their money.’
    • ‘I admit I live by my wits a lot, but I don't use them to swindle people.’
    • ‘I bought this system from you believing you to be a reputable firm and I can plainly see you've swindled me out of my money’
    • ‘She swindled eight people out of $111,000 in cash and jewelry before she was stopped.’
    • ‘He failed not simply because he was swindled, but also because he was stupid.’
    • ‘If that does not happen, unscrupulous traders will rush into villages and swindle desperate peasant farmers of their hard-earned crop.’
    • ‘In 1989 he pleaded guilty to 55 counts of fraud, allegedly swindling elderly victims in Virginia and Tennessee out of around $1.25 million.’
    • ‘It's estimated that patients were swindled out of some $12,750,000 from August / 96 to February / 03.’
    • ‘The so-called ‘phishing’ scams have developed as a popular technique for fraudsters to swindle people out of everything from PayPal accounts to ATM codes.’
    • ‘The group is suspected of having swindled each customer out of about 50,000 yen in such fees.’
    • ‘I don't condone cheats and con artists who swindle innocent victims out of their hard-earned cash.’
    • ‘While these men were not above occasionally swindling other working-class people, for the most part their actions were directed at the region's elites.’
    • ‘I felt sorry for those poor desperate people being swindled in such a way.’
    • ‘Sometimes, the employers will even attempt to swindle their potential employees.’
    • ‘Most victims were swindled into paying €3,000 or more.’
    • ‘The Government has pledged to crack down on unscrupulous doorstep salesmen who swindle vulnerable pensioners out of thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘Then we hear about widespread accounting malpractices, even in giant corporations, and start to wonder if this is not a huge conspiracy to swindle us out of our money.’
    • ‘A serial conman who swindled victims out of more than £1million told a judge that he blew £64,000 on exotic foreign holidays.’
    • ‘In fact, he has swindled his own family by managing to become the sole inheritor of their grandparents' estate.’
    • ‘For example, if I find a way of legally swindling you out of a lot of money, I cannot claim that my action is morally acceptable just because it is legal.’
    1. 1.1Obtain (money) fraudulently.
      ‘he was said to have swindled $62.5 million from the pension fund’
      • ‘He was sentenced by a state judge to seven and a half years for swindling $650 million from investors who bought stock through his New York brokerage.’
      • ‘In 2001, a few newspapers carried stories on local securities firms swindling money from investors but soon all fell silent.’
      • ‘This performance of theirs was just a ploy to swindle a few dollars out of travelers and adventurers and nothing more.’
      • ‘That was the case in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where scam artists swindled more than $1.5 million from their victims.’
      • ‘He is also facing charges of embezzling a compensation fund for war victims and is being investigated for swindling a veterans' trust fund.’
      • ‘He allegedly swindled funds meant for building a culvert and a school.’
      • ‘In both cases he's arguably signed contracts with the intention to swindle money.’
      • ‘Those who swindle money in banks are like parasites.’
      • ‘He uses Moliere's play to make a film inside a film about hypocrisy (specifically swindling money from wealthy people using a disguise).’
      • ‘Discarded papers found by bag-raiders can be used to swindle millions of pounds a year from bank accounts in identity and credit fraud.’
      • ‘A former headteacher who swindled £500,000 from school funds was led from her home by paramedics after failing to appear in court to be sentenced.’
      • ‘A head teacher accused of being in a plot to swindle thousands of pounds out of school funds in a scam involving a builder, yesterday insisted he was ‘not dishonest in any way’.’
      • ‘Police in Shanghai have cracked a gang of four who swindled money using short messaging service on cell phones.’
      • ‘This bizarre social phenomenon comes to light with the recent arrest of a con man for swindling around 100 million won from some 150 people.’

noun

  • A fraudulent scheme or action.

    ‘he is mixed up in a $10 million insurance swindle’
    • ‘It doesn't matter if the state abetted the swindle by finding the swindler innocent in a fixed trial.’
    • ‘Q. Have you ever been on the wrong end of a swindle or scam?’
    • ‘He will get fatter and nervier, simply because our system turns a blind eye to such a swindle.’
    • ‘A fraudster jailed after making a fortune from masterminding a timeshare swindle could be forced to pay £80 million to his victims.’
    • ‘But the federal and state agencies have ZERO interest in the swindle that's being perpetrated.’
    • ‘The inability of the regulators to prevent scams and swindles has also brought the private pension industry into disrepute.’
    • ‘The fact that people have been scammed for ‘hundreds of years’ doesn't justify your continuing the swindle!’
    • ‘Were they just perpetrating swindles for their salaries?’
    • ‘Of course we all want to be able to detect the lie, the cheat, the swindle, the manipulation.’
    • ‘To protect yourself against any of these possible swindles you need to be prudent in your investment decisions.’
    • ‘It is a sales gimmick, a cheat, a swindle, a scam.’
    • ‘It's a total scam, swindle, and fake, but no one in our consumer agencies has any intention of doing anything about it.’
    • ‘They are accomplices of the dealer - a part of the swindle.’
    • ‘Indeed, both men led famous swindles on the citizens they governed.’
    • ‘These people are clearly criminals and have perpetrated a massive swindle against thousands of Americans, and become fantastically rich as a result.’
    • ‘When high street banks offer 0.1% annual interest, how can anyone offer nearly 500 times as much without straying into frauds or swindles?’
    • ‘Online crimes can include multimillion-dollar swindles, online auction scams, and piracy of software and other copyrighted material.’
    • ‘One company is being investigated in connection with an alleged swindle involving close to €30 million.’
    • ‘It was also part of a stock swindle involving hundreds of millions of dollars on the Montreal Stock Exchange.’
    • ‘I want this advertising stopped as a swindle.’
    fraud, trick, deception, deceit, trickery, chicanery, exploitation, cheat, imposture, sham, sharp practice, artifice
    ruse, dodge, racket, wile
    con trick, con, sting, diddle, rip-off, fiddle, flimflam, swizzle, swizz
    bunco
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Origin

Late 18th century: back-formation from swindler, from German Schwindler extravagant maker of schemes, swindler from schwindeln be giddy also tell lies.

Pronunciation:

swindle

/ˈswindl/