from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Cheating; defrauding.
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- verb Present participle of
fraud; deception; the acts of one who cozens
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I have a suspicion that McKenna was trying to schmooze Scalia when he made the trust-but-verify comment, and Scalia recognized that attempt and threw back "I like it", replicating the exchange between Reagan and Gorbachev, but probably not swayed by McKenna's cozening.
Where was the stash of brandy bottles; the hidden box of dream-smoke herb so beloved of the laboring classes; the stash of gambling winnings or record of debts; the bundle of perfumed love letters from some cozening lowborn female looking to snare a Mageborn son?
I will not forget this — and the current SFWA executive should consider that cozening and lying to their own members is not usually considered best practice for representing the members 'best interests.
In this way I hoped to pour oil on troubled waters and to trick the accursed loon, so haply I might get quit of him; but he said, Thou art cozening me and thou wouldst go alone to thy appointment and cast thyself into jeopardy, whence there will be no escape for thee.
Georgian talents at corruption and cozening occupying powers developed over almost 1,000 years of occupations.
And he gave not over improving the occasion to them on this wise, and making a show of piety and cozening them with fine words and false until they put faith in him and accepted him and entered his den and had no suspicion of his deceit.
False, smiling, cozening traitor! — and for that unfeminine barbarian!
What is going to change about Israel and its apartheid government with Obama cozening up to its leadership?
Note his reply and return to me and tell me; for I can no more; I have done my best, by cozening him, to anger him with me and cause him to put me away, but I find him none the less infatuated with me.
All arts (saith  Cardan) admit of cozening, physic, amongst the rest, doth appropriate it to herself; and tells a story of one Curtius, a physician in Venice: because he was