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Definition of bilk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bilk

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪlk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪlk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bilk
BrE BrE//bɪlk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪlk//
 
he / she / it bilks
BrE BrE//bɪlks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪlks//
 
past simple bilked
BrE BrE//bɪlkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪlkt//
 
past participle bilked
BrE BrE//bɪlkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪlkt//
 
-ing form bilking
BrE BrE//ˈbɪlkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪlkɪŋ//
 
 
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(informal, especially North American English) bilk somebody (out of something) | bilk something (from somebody) to cheat somebody, especially by taking money from them a conman who bilked investors out of millions of dollars Word Origin mid 17th cent. (originally used in cribbage meaning ‘spoil one's opponent's score’): perhaps a variant of baulk.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bilk