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She stole over a million dollars in her biggest swindle.
  tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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  • She stole over a million dollars in her biggest swindle.
  • She was swindled out of her college savings.
  • Come out and meet the man you’ve swindled.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Everyone wants to put food in their stomachs, and since salaries have been frozen, people have had to resort to swindling.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl

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  • I can prove that he’s a swindler.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • As a last resort he had recourse to all the herbs that the Indians hawked in the public market and to all the magical specifics and Oriental potions sold in the Arcade of the Scribes, but by the time he realized that he had been swindled, he already had the tonsure of a saint.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The problems ranged from those arrested to those assaulted, from Canadians who were swindled to those doing the swindling.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Still, his career choice didn’t change until his father was swindled by a bogus financial planner out of some $40,000, right before Jeremy graduated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • It was said Jefferson had swindled clients as a young lawyer.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Like a man possessed, he searched court and public records, interviewed associates of the swindler, and produced detailed notes.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer

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  • You’re going to ask why a billionaire should go to the trouble of swindling a trifling fifty million.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Well, put it this way: why would he risk his own and his company’s good name on such a blatant swindle?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • It began for him when he discovered how the swindling of a client had been accomplished through creative bookkeeping.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • It wasn’t so obviously a swindle given that the AIA board, the bankers, the government, and Parliament’s auditors all approved Wennerström’s accounting without a single dissenting vote.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Bekkar’s much smaller and usually filled with swindling Mercators and Plebeian drunks.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It’s the look of a man who feels swindled.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • A few of the spectators nudged each other with their elbows, obviously hoping I’d somehow swindle Ambrose into paying several times what my slot was actually worth.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • No, the orgasmic blockage was a simple matter of being swindled both by fright and by that suffocating quality of the Zeitgeist that made sex in midcentury America such a nightmarish Sargasso Sea of guilts and apprehensions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Certainly not for a common swindler who’d have to steal the ring he put on her finger.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It was a swindle, and not at all like the conduct of a great man!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The house was one of a whole row that was built by a company which existed to make money by swindling poor people.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He told Hall how his aunt at Hastings had been swindled by a stranger with empty portmanteaux.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • So here you’ve got me swindled too, just about almost, that is, I’ll give you a ring in a few days and we’ll have a dogfight over the contract!
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "Why, blast your eyes, Bildad," cried Peleg, "thou dost not want to swindle this young man! he must have more than that."
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In addition, he was a great swindler.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You had exhausted every other form of depravity and sought a new thrill by swindling people like Jim and his friends, in order to watch them squirm.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was all a swindle, an obscene swindle!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Why should they go and get swindled at some other establishment when they can come here!I will probably grow very rich and very old at the Equatorial before any member of my family ever visits me here.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • But, at least, he’s honest and won’t swindle me.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Yes, he is a swindler.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Then they struck him with more than a hundred prongs, and said, "Covered must thou dance here, so that, if thou canst, thou mayst swindle secretly."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • When he brought the blouse home Annie kissed him and said it was very pretty and stylish; but when she heard the price she threw the blouse on the table and said it was a regular swindle to charge ten and elevenpence for it.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • His old fellow made his tin by selling jalap to Zulus or some bloody swindle or other.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Though it was Shukhov who had swindled the extra bowls, it was for Pavlo to distribute them.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • "Swindler," shouted Sir Grummore.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In the next room they were talking about some sort of machines, and swindling, and coughing their morning coughs.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Hadn’t I been told in all the tones of jealousy and admiration that he had collected, bartered, swindled, or stolen more ivory than all the other agents together?
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • And it’s also the very law of those transparent swindles, transmissible nobility and kingship.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • It was quite enough to have been swindled by the father.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The man, a common fellow, made jokes with them, tried to swindle them, and bullied them.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It looks to me like you have been swindled, baby, and when you’re swindled under the Napoleonic code I’m swindled too.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Anyone can help swindling.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Let me see the bill—I daresay the woman is swindling you.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I knew, too, that she was fond of money, that she hoarded it, and lent it at a wicked rate of interest, that she’s a merciless cheat and swindler.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Compeyson’s business was the swindling, handwriting forging, stolen bank-note passing, and such-like.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • That’s how a lot of old people get swindled out of their homes and savings.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • As an insurance agent, it was necessary for me to take part in one swindle.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • This Argentine scheme is a commonplace Stock Exchange swindle.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Among certain grizzled sea—gossips of the gun decks and forecastle went a rumor perdue that the Master-at-arms was a chevalier who had volunteered into the King’s Navy by way of compounding for some mysterious swindle whereof he had been arraigned at the King’s Bench.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • —that if they perceive thee to be a coarse clown or a dull blockhead, they will suspect me to be some impostor or swindler?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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