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tr.v. bilked, bilk·ing, bilks
a. To defraud, cheat, or swindle: made millions bilking wealthy clients on art sales.
b. To evade payment of: bilk one's debts.
2. To thwart or frustrate: "Fate ... may be to a certain extent bilked" (Thomas Carlyle).
3. To elude.
1. One who cheats.
2. Obsolete A hoax or swindle.
[Perhaps alteration of balk.]
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1. to balk; thwart
2. (often foll by of) to cheat or deceive, esp to avoid making payment to
3. to escape from; elude
4. (Card Games) cribbage to play a card that hinders (one's opponent) from scoring in his or her crib
5. a swindle or cheat
6. a person who swindles or cheats
[C17: perhaps variant of balk]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to defraud; cheat.
2. to evade payment of or to: to bilk a creditor.
3. to frustrate: a career bilked by poor health.
4. to escape from; elude.n.
5. a cheat; swindler.
6. a trick; fraud; deceit.
[1625–35; of obscure orig.]
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bilk- A term originally used in cribbage, meaning "spoil one's opponent's score."
See also related terms for spoil.
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Past participle: bilked
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|Verb||1.||bilk - cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money|
|2.||bilk - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"|
disappoint, let down - fail to meet the hopes or expectations of; "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
dash - destroy or break; "dashed ambitions and hopes"
short-circuit - hamper the progress of; impede; "short-circuit warm feelings"
ruin - destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
|3.||bilk - evade payment to; "He bilked his creditors"|
deprive - keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
|4.||bilk - escape, either physically or mentally; "The thief eluded the police"; "This difficult idea seems to evade her"; "The event evades explanation"|
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verb cheat, do (slang), skin (slang), fool, con (informal), stiff (slang), sting, mislead, rip off (slang), deceive, fleece, defraud, dupe, stitch up (slang), rook (slang), bamboozle (informal), hoodwink, double-cross (informal), diddle (informal), do the dirty on (Brit. informal), sell a pup to, pull a fast one on (informal), cozen (informal), trick, take in (informal), swindle, take for a ride (informal) trusts that secretly conspired to bilk the public
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