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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A swindle or a confidence game.
2. Money obtained by fraud.
verb tr., intr.:
To swindle someone; to obtain something by swindling.
ETYMOLOGY:Of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of graft, the origin of which remains unknown as well.
USAGE:"The real genius of the ever-evolving 419 scam is its ability to change with the times. Like Madonna or antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus, the money-advancing grift continuously reinvents itself to better infiltrate society's weaknesses."
Helen A.S. Popkin; Don't Get Taken by This Adorable Scam; MSNBC; Nov 7, 2007.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A good listener helps us overhear ourselves. -Yahia Lababidi, author (b. 1973)