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bilk  audio  (blk) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
bilked, bilk·ing, bilks
    1. To defraud, cheat, or swindle: made millions bilking wealthy clients on art sales.
    2. To evade payment of: bilk one's debts.
  1. To thwart or frustrate: "Fate . . . may be to a certain extent bilked" (Thomas Carlyle).
  2. To elude.
NOUN:
  1. One who cheats.
  2. Obsolete A hoax or swindle.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps alteration of balk

OTHER FORMS:
bilker(Noun)


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