hoodwink

To hoodwink someone means to trick or mislead them. Beware of fake ATMs that try to hoodwink you into giving over your bank card and your code, only to keep them both and steal all your money.

An excellent, old-fashioned word is hoodwink, and you’ll be happy you know it when you have to read Victorian novels in which characters are repeatedly hoodwinked. It is an Old English compound which meant "to blindfold" 600 years ago but quickly began to be used figuratively. Think about the expression, to pull the wool over someone's eyes, as having the same image and meaning. Has your big sister ever hoodwinked you into doing her chores for her?

Definitions of hoodwink
  1. verb
    conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
  2. verb
    influence by slyness
    synonyms: beguile, juggle
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    type of:
    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
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