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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: swindler 'person who swindles' (18-21 centuries), from German schwindler 'someone confused or unbalanced'

swindle

1 verb
     
swin‧dle1 [transitive]
to get money from someone by deceiving them [= cheat]
swindle somebody out of something
a businessman who swindled investors out of millions of pounds
swindler noun [countable]

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