Definition of mountebank noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmaʊntɪbæŋk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaʊntɪbæŋk//
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a person who tries to trick people, especially in order to get their money Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Italian montambanco, from the imperative phrase monta in banco! ‘climb on the bench!’ (referring to the raised platform used to attract an audience).
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