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v. coz·ened, coz·en·ing, coz·ens
1. To mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud; deceive.
2. To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling.
3. To obtain by deceit or persuasion.
To act deceitfully.
[Probably ultimately (perhaps via Middle English cosin, fraud, trickery) from Old French cosson, middleman, trader, or obsolete Italian cozzonare, to cheat (from Italian cozzone, horse-trader), both ultimately from Latin cōciō, coctiō, dealer, perhaps of Etruscan origin.]
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to cheat or trick (someone)
[C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin]
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to cheat, deceive, or trick.
[1565–75; perhaps < Old North French coçonner to resell, v. derivative of coçon retailer (< Latin coctiōnem, acc. of coctiō, cōciō dealer)]
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Past participle: cozened
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|Verb||1.||cozen - be false to; be dishonest with|
chisel, cheat - engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud; "Who's chiseling on the side?"
shill - act as a shill; "The shill bid for the expensive carpet during the auction in order to drive the price up"
flim-flam, fob, fox, play a trick on, play tricks, pull a fast one on, trick, play a joke on - deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"
cheat on, wander, betray, cheat - be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"
ensnare, entrap, frame, set up - take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police"
humbug - trick or deceive
|2.||cozen - act with artful deceit|
|3.||cozen - cheat or trick; "He cozened the money out of the old man"|
gain, win, acquire - win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"
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1. To cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation:
beguile, betray, bluff, deceive, delude, double-cross, dupe, fool, hoodwink, humbug, mislead, take in, trick.
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