Definitions

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  • v. To lure; allure; cheat; deceive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lure; to cheat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To allure.

Etymologies

From Middle English beswiken, from Old English beswīcan ("to deceive, seduce, entice"), from Proto-Germanic *bi- (“be-”), *swīkanan (“to dodge, swerve, avoid”), from Proto-Indo-European *sweig-, *swAig- (“to turn, move around, wander, swing”), equivalent to be- +‎ swike (“to deceive”). Cognate with Scots beswik, beswick ("to beguile, deceive"), Dutch bezwijken ("to succumb"), Old High German biswīhhan ("to deceive, seduce, capture"), Icelandic svikja ("to betray"). (Wiktionary)

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  • To lure; to cheat.

    July 30, 2008