Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To defraud, cheat, or swindle: made millions bilking wealthy clients on art sales.
  • transitive v. To evade payment of: bilk one's debts.
  • transitive v. To thwart or frustrate: "Fate . . . may be to a certain extent bilked” ( Thomas Carlyle).
  • transitive v. To elude.
  • n. One who cheats.
  • n. Obsolete A hoax or swindle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud by not fulfilling an obligation; to leave in the lurch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thwarting an adversary in cribbage by spoiling his score; a balk.
  • n. A cheat; a trick; a hoax.
  • n. Nonsense; vain words.
  • n. A person who tricks a creditor; an untrustworthy, tricky person.
  • transitive v. To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud, by nonfulfillment of engagement; to leave in the lurch; to give the slip to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In cribbage, to balk or spoil any one's score in his crib.
  • To frustrate or disappoint.
  • To deceive or defraud; leave in the lurch; cheat: often with of: as, to bilk one of his due; to bilk a creditor; “don't you bilk me,”
  • To evade or escape from; dodge; elude.
  • Fallacious; unreliable.
  • n. In cribbage, the spoiling of one's score in the crib.
  • n. Nothing; vain words.
  • n. [To call a word “Arabic” or “Hebrew” was and still is a way of dignifying slang or jargon.]
  • n. A trick; a fraud.
  • n. A cheat; a swindler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. evade payment to
  • v. escape, either physically or mentally
  • v. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  • v. cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of balk.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Investment banks established known super risky credit instruments built to "bilk" both domestic and foreign investors and bond traders of their equity.

    Another Nightmare in the likes of Iraq and Katrina - Greed '08

  • Obama seems to take that posture when he says companies who don't "bilk" people don't have to fear his reforms.

    "BANPC" via James Bow in Google Reader

  • Feel free to search for his infamous "bilk" comment back when Dragon Arse came out to see the reactions the last time he said this.

    Eurogamer

  • _ "Then this is a clear case of 'bilk' on his part.

    On the Heels of De Wet

  • Ron L. Hubbard was nothing more than a con man and a scam artist as well as a second rate sci-fi writer, who managed to cash in on a viable scam to bilk honest hard working people out of their money.

    Scientologists, WWII Star of David spoof

  • Or maybe he should have withdrawn from cheney's energy commission talks where they set up the scan to bilk this country out of high high high gasoline prices.

    Hatch shuts door on bipartisan health care talks

  • November 29th, 2009 6: 40 pm ET just another far left loon trying to bilk more money out of the american public for their ill-gotten social programs. lets vote this idiot out of office and into the unemployment line!!

    Obey questions Afghan war, explains his war tax proposal

  • German tax authorities are now investigating almost 40 companies that traded certificates for allegedly taking advantage of loopholes in sales tax laws to bilk the taxman out of hundreds of millions of euros.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: December 8, 2009

  • The document filed Monday called Rizzo a "godfather of sorts" who was able to bilk the city that employed him for years because he used nearly $2 million of public money to make loans to dozens of people, including Hernandez and Artiga, when they were going through hard economic times.

    Former Police Chief: 'I Am Looking Forward To...Taking All Of Bell's Money'

  • “It will be with extreme reluctance, and only in the last resort, that I shall muster in militia,” he informed Call, further explaining that a desire to bilk the government “enters largely in to every panic.”

    Between War and Peace

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  • to cheat or deceive.

    Bilk the Rattling Cove; Sharp the Coachman of his Hire.

    May 9, 2009

  • also can be used as a noun; a swindler or cheater

    March 7, 2009

  • Also chicha.

    December 23, 2008

  • If the milk beer meaning is correct, then see also koumiss, a fermented dairy beverege treated much like beer.

    December 23, 2008

  • Also: milk beer, a fruity-flavored beverage created by adding yeast and hops to milk, and fermenting.

    Initially created in Japan to reduce a milk surplus. Distribution to international markets is unknown.

    March 28, 2008

  • ...One hundred and fifty guineas, or pounds, is no small sum to lose-- and by a young creature, who would have bilked her lodgings!

    You amaze me, Miss Martin!-- What language do you talk in?-- Bilk my lodgings!-- What is that?

    Sally Martin and Clarissa Harlowe (as quoted by Belford), Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 17, 2007