Definition cheat somebody out of what is due — especially money
I am not used to being bilked.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
"I promise you," answered Nightingale, "I don't intend to bilk my lodgings; but I have a private reason for not taking a formal leave."
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
You larn that go off of they there Frenchy bilks?
James Joyce -- Ulysses
—and mind you, keep you ON wailing, and abate not till we bilk him of his penny, else shall you rue it.
Mark Twain -- The Prince and The Pauper
They misrepresented potential risks, accepted large fees up front, and bilked millions of dollars from small investors.
Eric Schlosser -- Fast Food Nation
Short cons for the most part, bilking foolish marks and making a reasonable living.
J.D. Robb -- Immortal in Death
They'll make a secret of it now to prove they've not been bilked.
Robert Bolt -- A Man for All Seasons
He couldn't urge any man to inform against him - that would be tempting him to sin - but at the same time if there was an informer here, there was no reason why the wretched creature should be bilked of his reward.