chouse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chouse defeat someone through trickery or deceit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chouse A swindler.
    • Chouse A trick; sham; imposition.
    • Chouse One who is easily cheated; a tool; a simpleton; a gull.
    • v. t Chouse To cheat, trick, defraud; -- followed by of, or out of; as, to chouse one out of his money. "The undertaker of the afore-cited poesy hath choused your highness."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chouse A Turkish interpreter, messenger, or attendant.
    • n chouse A trick; a sham; an imposition.
    • n chouse An impostor; a cheat.
    • n chouse One who is easily cheated; a tool; a simpleton.
    • chouse To cheat; trick; swindle: often followed by of or out of: as, to chouse one out of his money.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chouse chows (obs.) a cheat: one easily cheated: a trick
    • v.t Chouse to cheat, swindle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Turk. chāūsh, a messenger or interpreter, one of whom, attached to the Turkish embassy, in 1609 cheated the Turkish merchants resident in England out of £4,000

Usage

In literature:

Answer me this: Hast thou ever fibbed a chouse quarrons in the Rome pad for the loure in his bung?
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
Market being over, quoth the devil to the farmer, Well, clown, thou hast choused me once, it is thy fault; chouse me twice, 'twill be mine.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
I don't wonder at the risk I ran of being choused out of you; but it was rather too bad, too, was it not, Mrs. Peck?
"Mr. Hogarth's Will" by Catherine Helen Spence
But in the matter of his sweet self, he had been choused, as he termed it.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
Takes it out of my five thousand; or discounts the amount he means to chouse me of with his spurious Rembrandt.
"An African Millionaire" by Grant Allen
Market being over, quoth the devil to the farmer, Well, clown, thou hast choused me once, it is thy fault; chouse me twice, 'twill be mine.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
Split me asunder if he would not say that I had choused him!
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
This makes him venture to talk and scribble, as chouses do to play with cunning gamesters until they are cheated and laughed at.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
He introduced himself as Mr Nicholas Chouse, agent for the Swampyville Land Company.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
The second day was called +choes+, from +chous+, "a cup," and was probably devoted to drinking.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
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In poetry:

Quoth he, If you will give me leave
To tell you what I now perceive,
You'll find yourself an arrant chouse,
If y' were but at a Meeting-House. — 'Tis true, quoth he, we ne'er come there,
Because, w' have let 'em out by th' year.
"Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler