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Bilk   /bɪlk/   Listen
Bilk

verb
(past & past part. bilked; pres. part. bilking)
1.
Cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money.
2.
Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of.  Synonyms: baffle, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart.  "Foil your opponent"
3.
Evade payment to.
4.
Escape, either physically or mentally.  Synonyms: elude, evade.  "This difficult idea seems to evade her" , "The event evades explanation"






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"Bilk" Quotes from Famous Books



... having but two intelligible words, an oath and a lie—his heart rotten with falsehood, and his bowels burned up with brandy, so that sudden death may pull him from his saddle before he put spurs to his sporting filly that she may bilk the turnpike man, and carry him more speedily home to beat or murder his poor, pale, industrious char-woman of a wife;—Be it—not a beggar, for beggars are prohibited from this parish—but a pauper in the sulks, dying on her ...
— Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2 • John Wilson

... swindle, defraud, overreach, trick, bamboozle, hoodwink, dupe, hoax, bilk, thimblerig, ...
— Putnam's Word Book • Louis A. Flemming

... dispute about land titles at Little Bilk Bar. About half a dozen cases were temporarily decided on Wednesday, but it is supposed the widows will renew the litigation. The only proper way to prevent these vexatious lawsuits is to hang the Judge ...
— The Fiend's Delight • Dod Grile

... maybe a hundred thousand right away, and that may cramp him for a while; but suppose he makes the turn and hits it like we do? We've made him that much stronger, haven't we? Gray plans to keep him spending faster than he can get it in, and that's all right—if it works, but if Mallow can bilk him for seventy-five thousand at one fell swipe—Well, I'll bet my best gold tooth that the boss will stand the shock like ...
— Flowing Gold • Rex Beach

... recounting the doings and disasters of "December 28th, Friday.—Unpropitious, fatal, Friday! I never knew it lucky save once, and then it was—I let the Albert. 'Christmas comes but once a year,' with a train of nasty bills, not to be bilk'd; and sorry consolation is it thinking you 'paid at the time,' when the receipt is not to be found. Miss-Fortune, that never came single, now visits with a large family of little pests—out of season and uninvited!—Here is Needy, the pianist, who, one would think, had ...
— Christmas Comes but Once A Year - Showing What Mr. Brown Did, Thought, and Intended to Do, - during that Festive Season. • Luke Limner



Words linked to "Bilk" :   forbid, spoil, evade, short-circuit, ruin, rip off, scotch, dash, let down, prevent, cross, escape, disappoint, forestall, break loose, queer, preclude, cheat, chisel, foreclose, deprive, get away



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