swindle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swindle deprive of by deceit "He swindled me out of my inheritance","She defrauded the customers who trusted her","the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"
    • n swindle the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme "that book is a fraud"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swindle The act or process of swindling; a cheat.
    • v. t Swindle To cheat defraud grossly, or with deliberate artifice; as, to swindle a man out of his property. "Lammote . . . has swindled one of them out of three hundred livres."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swindle To cheat or defraud. The word implies, commonly, recourse to petty and mean artifices for obtaining money which may or may not be strictly illegal.
    • n swindle The act or process of swindling; a fraudulent scheme; an act of cheating; an imposition; a fraud.
    • n swindle Anything that is deceptive or not what it is said or thought to be.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Swindle swin′dl to cheat under the pretence of fair dealing
    • n Swindle the act of swindling or defrauding: anything not really what it appears to be
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Quotations

  • O. Henry Porter
    O. Henry Porter
    “It was beautiful and simple as all truly great swindles are.”
  • George Orwell
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    “Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism -- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Swindler

Usage

In literature:

But do you think it is hers, or a swindle?
"More Bywords" by Charlotte M. Yonge
This is the most almighty abandoned swindle I ever met in all my born days.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
I told him how I had been swindled coming up, and he was about as angry as I had been.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
CHEVALIER D'INDUSTRIE, one who lives by his wits, specially by swindling.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
He is acquainted with all the old Democratic schemes of swindling Indians.
"The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War" by Annie Heloise Abel
If you think that I am to be swindled in this way out of my money, you're mistaken.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Such happiness is like a swindle.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
And she talked proudly at large about her losses on the turf and of the swindles practised upon her.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
There never was a man more honest than I was in my intentions to help him in his troubles, and I am quite sure no man got so badly swindled.
"History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Years, and Life of Chauncey Jerome" by Chauncey Jerome
The whole thing was a swindle from first to last.
"The Lilac Girl" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Do you want to have a hand in the master's affairs, and swindle him, eh?
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
The whole affair was an immense swindle upon her.
"The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Yea, we have surpassed it in magnitude of swindles.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
It's the biggest swindle out.
"Punch Among the Planets" by Various
Scattergood said they were swindled and he was in a rage.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
This institution, by which so many have been swindled, was formed after the following manner.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
I swindled him once, and he found out.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
There was a manifest desire to swindle me at the bogus Hotel de la Poste.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
I carl it a bloomin' swindle.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 3, 1892" by Various
He's been a cheating and swindling all the old women round the country.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
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In poetry:

Come down from that tribewn,
Thou shameless and Unjust;
Thou Swindle, picking pockets in
The name of Truth august:
Come down, thou hoary blasphemy,
For die thou shalt and must.
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray
When asked by the market for ironbark red,
It always occurs to the Wollombi head
To do a "mahogany" swindle.
In forests where never the ironbark grew,
When Jim is at work, it would flabbergast you
To see how the "ironbarks" dwindle.
"Jim the Splitter" by Henry Kendall
Proud kings of traffic, what filth could you dwarf,
Who swindle, haggle, hoard, and gravely cheat.
Exhaling lies? What reptile sense have you.
Fat with the spoil of field, exchange, and wharf.
That by your stone-age cunning you subdue
"Melbourne Sonnets:III An Address In Reply" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

John David Berken Jr, 44, of Columbus, was sentenced Wednesday, Nov 14, in Ramsey County District Court to 3 years and 9 months in prison for theft by swindle.
Ryder, Jr and Linda Gayle Swindle exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, August 18, 2012 on the bluff overlooking the Narrows of the Harpeth near Kingston Springs, TN.
A Memphis man who allegedly lied about being a US Marine and then swindled a victim out of $550 turned himself in to Germantown police Tuesday.
Thanks to tips from the public, Germantown Police have identified the man accused of swindling money by pretending to be a US Marine.
Financier gets 50 years for $200m swindle.
A former Issaquah insurance agent convicted of swindling more than $1 million from elderly clients is headed to prison for up to 75 months.
Goins 9-16 4-6 24, Davis 6-13 2-4 16, Cooke 1-4 0-0 2, Diouf 2-5 1-2 5, Moore 1-2 2-2 5, Hood 1-1 0-1 2, Curry 3-9 0-0 6, Semenov 1-2 0-0 3, Nation 2-8 0-0 5, Bessick 1-1 0-0 2, Swindle 0-2 0-0 0.
Courtroom on charges of swindling, then killing a lottery winner.
The Social Security "reserve" swindle.
Glenda Hawkins Swindle of Kingston announces the forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Amanda Joy Swindle , to Philip Todd Houston.
A Winnipeg man tried to swindle thousands of dollars from two British teachers he convinced to send him nude photographs and videos through an online dating website.
Swindle was born on April 12, 1926, in Ralph, Alabama.
Paulson's Swindle Revealed The Nation.
Not really Chief Swindle 's badge.
City official Rita Crundwell to plead guilty over $53M swindle .
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In science:

This is a deep fact, so this “swindle” is not just a formal argument.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
In three dimensions the appropriate prescription (for the cosmological problem) consists in the so-called “Jeans’ swindle” (see, e.g.,[30, 31]): the contribution of the mean density is removed and only density fluctuations are taken as the source for the gravitational field.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
Thus while in three dimensions the Jeans’ swindle can be implemented in various different ways with the same finite results in a wide class of stochastic point-mass distributions, the use of a smooth version of it (rather than a sharp “top-hat” version) has to be preferred in one dimension.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
We argue that, if the Jeans’ swindle is employed, the limit can indeed be defined.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
We recall that Jeans’ swindle consists in considering as the source of the field not the density field n(x), but the density fluctuations δn(x) = [n(x) − n0 ] from the mean.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
To see the difference between the two cases (in one and three dimensions), it suffices to estimate, once the Jeans’ swindle is adopted, the order of contribution ∆F>R to Eq. (5) coming from sources at a distance greater than R from the point y.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
This is the fundamental reason why, once the Jeans’ swindle in this form is adapted, the PDF of the gravitational force is well defined (and given, as derived in , by the socalled Holtzmark distribution).
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
The Jeans’ swindle itself can, as discussed in , be considered to be such a scheme: in the usual “top-hat” implementation the regularization parameter would then be the size of the symmetric interval (or radius of the sphere in three dimensions) in which one sums.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
This is equivalent to applying the Jeans’ swindle in the usual way.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
Thus the Jeans’ swindle, given by the µ → 0 limit, leaves the expression ill-defined.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
To calculate the same quantity, but now using the “smooth” Jeans’ swindle formulated as the µ → 0 limit of the screened gravitational interaction Eq. (7), we follow, as in Sec.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
Eq. (22) for the case without screening, while the average value (j = 1) instead vanishes: the Jeans’ swindle simply removes the average density, thus making the average force zero everywhere.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
Note that, conversely, we can also obtain the initial result (without the Jeans’ swindle) using the second derivation, but putting µ = 0 in Eq. (25) before doing the integral.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
Gdiff (x, y ) = 2g 2n0 [|x| + |y | − |x − y |] when the Jeans’ swindle is used.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
Note, however, that if we do not employ the Jeans swindle, we have instead that the typical force difference on a scale x is | h[F (x) − F (0)]i | = 2gn0x > 0.
Gravitational force in an infinite one-dimensional Poisson distribution
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