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Definition of "bilk" [bilk]

  • To defraud, cheat, or swindle: made millions bilking wealthy clients on art sales. (verb-transitive)
  • To evade payment of: bilk one's debts. (verb-transitive)
  • To thwart or frustrate: "Fate . . . may be to a certain extent bilked” ( Thomas Carlyle). (verb-transitive)
  • To elude. (verb-transitive)
  • One who cheats. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bilk" in a sentence
  • "Investment banks established known super risky credit instruments built to "bilk" both domestic and foreign investors and bond traders of their equity."
  • "Obama seems to take that posture when he says companies who don't "bilk" people don't have to fear his reforms."
  • "Feel free to search for his infamous "bilk" comment back when Dragon Arse came out to see the reactions the last time he said this."