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

  • n. A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.
  • transitive v. To defraud; swindle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fraudulent deal.
  • v. To defraud or embezzle.

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

  • v. deprive of by deceit
  • n. a fraudulent business scheme


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
US carnival slang. Possibly from scampĀ ("swindler, cheater") (Wiktionary)


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