Hornswoggle meaning

hôrnswŏgəl
The definition of hornswoggle is slang and means to trick or deceive.

An example of hornswoggle is marketing a chili that is produced in New York by pretending it is Texas chili.

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To bamboozle; deceive.
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(slang) To swindle or hoax; trick.
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To deceive or trick.

Don't let them hornswoggle you into buying anything you don't need.

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Origin of hornswoggle

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Unknown, 1829 US, jocular coinage like contemporary absquatulate. Presumably horns + waggle with humorous faux ablaut or combination with wobble (compare later woggle, 1923), perhaps inspired by lassoed steers trying to escape by moving their head.

    From Wiktionary