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Definitions of hoodwink

  1. To blind by covering the eyes. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To deceive by false appearance; to impose upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To deceive; blindfold; as, he hoodwinked everybody with his tale of misfortune. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To make one wink by covering the eyes with a hood: to blindfold: to deceive. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To blind by covering the eyes; deceive. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To deceive, as if by blinding; blindfold. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. conceal one's true motives from esp. by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end; "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. influence by slyness Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To blind by covering the eyes; to hide; to deceive. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To bind by covering the eyes; to deceive by disguise; to impose on. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for hoodwink

  1. Few tasks are more difficult than for a young woman under a cloud to hoodwink old women of the world. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. The absence, in its society, of all attempts at show, to make- believe, to impress, to hoodwink was refreshingly novel to him, who, hitherto, had known it only as a great sham, a huge affectation, with every one striving to outdo everyone else, and all as hollow as a rotten gourd. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
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