Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) to obtain money dishonestly by deceiving or cheating sb
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    • the scam/scheme was a swindle
  • Analysis
    To 'swindle' is a verb meaning to deceive or commit fraud in order to gain money or property. Similar in meaning to 'defraud' or to 'cheat'. This is an informal expression. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The court was told that the defendant tried to swindle many people out of their life savings.
    2. The con man swindled the property developers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    3. When all his money disappeared from his account, he realised the whole thing had been a swindle.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The court heard how his pyramid scheme was used to swindle people out of their income.
    2. I don't believe in advertising on TV. I think it's a swindle compared to other avenues.
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