swindle swin‧dle [ˈswɪndl] verb [transitive] LAW
to get money from someone dishonestly by deceiving them:
swindle somebody out of something

• He was convicted of charges that he swindled clients and partners out of £3.5 million.

swindle something out of somebody/​ swindle something from somebody

• The scheme was designed to swindle more than $250 million from the bank.

— swindle noun [countable] :

• a £12 million insurance swindle

— swindler noun [countable] :

• a band of international bank swindlers

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swindle UK US /ˈswɪndl/ verb [T]
to cheat or trick someone in order to get money from them: swindle sb out of sth »

A Web-based company swindled customers out of $15 million.

Compare CON(Cf. ↑con) verb
swindler noun [C]

Victims of the swindler are seeking up to £80 million in damages.

swindle UK US /ˈswɪndl/ noun [C]
the action of cheating or tricking someone in order to get money from them: »

He masterminded a hi-tech swindle that emptied customers' bank accounts.

Compare CON(Cf. ↑con) noun

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Swindler — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Daris Ray Swindler (1925–2007), US amerikanischer Anthropologe Mary Hamilton Swindler (1884–1964), US amerikanische Klassische Archäologin William Finley Swindler (1913–?), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • swindler — [swind′lər] n. 〚Ger schwindler < schwindeln, to be dizzy, defraud, cheat < OHG swintilon, freq. of swintan, to disappear, wither, prob. < IE base * (s)wendh , to disappear > OSlav uvędati, to wither〛 a person who swindles; cheat * * * See swindle …   Universalium

  • swindler — index criminal, delinquent, embezzler, outlaw, thief Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • swindler — 1774, from Ger. Schwindler giddy person, extravagant speculator, cheat, from schwindeln to be giddy, act extravagantly, swindle, from O.H.G. swintilon be giddy, frequentative form of swintan to languish, disappear; cognate with O.E. swindan, and… …   Etymology dictionary

  • swindler — [n] person who cheats another absconder, charlatan, cheat, cheater, chiseler, clip, con artist, confidence artist, counterfeiter, crook, deceiver, defrauder, dodger, doubledealer, falsifier, forger, four flusher*, fraud, gouger, grifter, impostor …   New thesaurus

  • swindler — [swind′lər] n. [Ger schwindler < schwindeln, to be dizzy, defraud, cheat < OHG swintilon, freq. of swintan, to disappear, wither, prob. < IE base * (s)wendh , to disappear > OSlav uvędati, to wither] a person who swindles; cheat …   English World dictionary

  • swindler — noun the guy collecting for the hospital fund was a swindler Syn: fraudster, fraud, confidence man, confidence trickster, trickster, cheat, rogue, mountebank, charlatan, impostor, hoaxer; informal con man, con artist, scam artist, shyster, gonif …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • swindler — swindle ► VERB ▪ use deception to obtain (money) or deprive (someone) of money or possessions. ► NOUN ▪ a fraudulent scheme or action. DERIVATIVES swindler noun. ORIGIN German schwindeln be giddy , also «tell lies» …   English terms dictionary

  • Swindler (disambiguation) — A swindler is generally a charlatan, a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money or advantage by pretense.Swindler may also refer to:* Daris Swindler (born 1925), American anthropologist * John Edward… …   Wikipedia

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