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Word of the Day: Hornswoggle

hornswoggle \HAWRN-swog-uhl\, verb:

to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.

But don’t forget, boys, when you-all want me to hornswoggle Wall Street another flutter, all you-all have to do is whisper the word.
– Jack London, Burning Daylight, 1910

Tinkie could talk her way out of a ticket in Mississippi, but I wasn’t so certain the California state troopers would be as easy to hornswoggle.
– Carolyn Haines, Wishbones, 2008

Hornswoggle is of unknown origin. It entered in America in the 1820s.