Money made dishonestly, as in a swindle.
To obtain by swindling or cheating.
To swindle on a small scale.
A swindle or confidence game.
To engage in swindling or cheating.
A petty swindle.
To obtain illegally, as by con game.
(intransitive) To obtain money illegally.
Origin of grift
- Perhaps alteration of graft
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition