1. cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money;
2. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of;
- Example: "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"
- Example: "foil your opponent"
[syn: thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk]
3. evade payment to;
- Example: "He bilked his creditors"
4. escape, either physically or mentally;
- Example: "The thief eluded the police"
- Example: "This difficult idea seems to evade her"
- Example: "The event evades explanation"
[syn: elude, evade, bilk]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bilk \Bilk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bilked; p. pr. & vb. n. Bilking.] [Origin unknown. Cf. Balk.] To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud, by nonfulfillment of engagement; to leave in the lurch; to give the slip to; as, to bilk a creditor. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bilk \Bilk\, n. 1. A thwarting an adversary in cribbage by spoiling his score; a balk. [1913 Webster] 2. A cheat; a trick; a hoax. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster] 3. Nonsense; vain words. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 4. A person who tricks a creditor; an untrustworthy, tricky person. --Marryat. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
78 Moby Thesaurus words for "bilk": avoid, baffle, balk, beat, beguile of, bunco, burn, cast down, cheat, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, circumvent, cog, cog the dice, con, cozen, crib, cross, dash, defeat, defeat expectation, defraud, diddle, disappoint, disillusion, dissatisfy, do, do in, do out of, dodge, double, duck, elude, eschew, euchre, evade, finagle, flam, fleece, flimflam, fob, foil, frustrate, fudge, gouge, gull, gyp, have, hocus, hocus-pocus, let down, mulct, overreach, pack the deal, pigeon, practice fraud upon, rook, ruin, scam, screw, sell gold bricks, shake, shave, shortchange, shun, shy, stack the cards, stick, sting, swindle, take a dive, tantalize, tease, thimblerig, throw a fight, thwart, victimize