• Bilked by a Bishop
    Bilked by a Bishop
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bilk escape, either physically or mentally "The thief eluded the police","This difficult idea seems to evade her","The event evades explanation"
    • v bilk evade payment to "He bilked his creditors"
    • v bilk hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge","foil your opponent"
    • v bilk cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bilk A cheat; a trick; a hoax.
    • Bilk A person who tricks a creditor; an untrustworthy, tricky person.
    • Bilk A thwarting an adversary in cribbage by spoiling his score; a balk.
    • Bilk Nonsense; vain words.
    • v. t Bilk 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bilk In cribbage, to balk or spoil any one's score in his crib.
    • bilk To frustrate or disappoint.
    • bilk To deceive or defraud; leave in the lurch; cheat: often with of: as, to bilk one of his due; to bilk a creditor; “don't you bilk me,”
    • bilk To evade or escape from; dodge; elude.
    • n bilk In cribbage, the spoiling of one's score in the crib.
    • n bilk Nothing; vain words.
    • n bilk [To call a word “Arabic” or “Hebrew” was and still is a way of dignifying slang or jargon.]
    • n bilk A trick; a fraud.
    • n bilk A cheat; a swindler.
    • bilk Fallacious; unreliable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bilk bilk to elude; to cheat.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Origin unknown. Cf. Balk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. a dim. of Balk; at first a term in cribbage.


In literature:

We had a fellow at Holmhurst School who rejoiced in the name of Alexander Magnus Bilk.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
I bought a whole new suit of clothes from Bilks, across the street.
"Rippling Rhymes" by Walt Mason
We observe that a new planet has been discovered at Bilk, in Germany.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
The public had been "bilked" again.
"Stubble" by George Looms
You are a small sized bilk.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
Free bilking, free burgling, and so on, sound no less contradictory.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
He should not bilk me of free movement.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
The whole meeting, in fact, was what is vulgarly called a bilk.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Bilk'd stationers, for yeomen, stood prepar'd, And Herringman was captain of the guard.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
And you're not the chap to bilk him of his due.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

In poetry:

Who is it will not dare himself to trust?
Who is it hath not strength to stand alone?
Who is it thwarts and bilks the inward MUST?
He and his works, like sand, from earth are blown.
"To W.L. Garrison" by James Russell Lowell
Me nurse, wot was a strict t.t.
Aimed my young soul to bilk,
An' every day she flooded me
Wiv quarts an' quarts of milk.
Oh, 'ow the stuff coursed thro' each vein
An' set on fire me tiny brain.
"The Demon Milk" by C J Dennis
When Aunt Jane died we hunted round,
And money everywhere we found.
How much I do not care to say,
But no death duties will we pay,
And Aunt Jane will be well content
We bilked the bloody Government.
"Aunt Jane" by Robert W Service
The Thursday after that, at three,
The King invited Quog to tea.
Quoth Quog, "It was a task to bilk . . .
(I thank you; sugar, please, and milk) . . .
To bilk this Tinker and his pranks.
A scurvy rogue! . . . (Ah, two lumps, thanks.)
"The Debate" by C J Dennis

In news:

A judge has sentenced a former insurance executive to prison time for bilking his company out of more than $1 million in phony claims.
Bilked agency out of more than $9,000.
Scammers have bilked older victims out of cash by impersonating family members in need of emergency funds.
Police Probe Grandparent Scam After Woman Bilked Out Of $2K.
A southern Idaho woman says she was bilked of $2,000 in a so-called ' grandma scam.'.
' Gypsy ' bilked woman, 93.
Robin Hood ' found guilty of bilking OHIP to feed poor.
New York State Comptroller Says Special Education Provider Bilked City of Millions.
Stephen Sparks, his brother and his son face jail time for their roles in a scheme that bilked investors of more than $1 million.
Former lottery winner accused of bilking friends out of $1M.
An Exeter businessman and former Exeter High School hockey coach was arrested last week and accused of bilking clients out of more than $1 million.
Lyme — A former insurance agent will soon head to federal prison to begin an 18 month sentence for bilking her elderly mother-in-law out of nearly $500,000.
SAN DIEGO—A former US Navy SEAL accused of bilking people out of more than $1 million in an investment fraud scheme has been ordered to stand trial in San Diego.
Protecting your nest egg requires smart investment strategies, but it also requires that you steer clear of those who'd seek to bilk you out of your life's savings.
Nun bilked by Durham, 2 others urges long sentence.

In science:

Almost all stable nodes in a broad class of rbns can be identified through a dynamic process that was introduced by Flyvb jerg and formalized to facilitate numeric simulations by Bilke and Sjunnesson .
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
Bilke, S. and Peterson, C., Topological properties of citation and metabolic networks, Phys.
The structure and function of complex networks