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

  • n. Informal The act or an instance of swindling or cheating; a deception.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Imposition; fraud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Deception; fraud; imposition.
  • n. Hence The person cheating: as, he is a humbug and a take-in.

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

  • n. the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone
  • v. suck or take up or in
  • v. visit for entertainment
  • v. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
  • v. see or watch
  • v. express willingness to have in one's home or environs
  • v. serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  • v. take into one's family
  • v. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
  • v. take up mentally
  • v. fool or hoax
  • v. take up as if with a sponge
  • v. fold up
  • v. call for and obtain payment of
  • v. make (clothes) smaller
  • v. take in, also metaphorically
  • v. provide with shelter
  • v. accept


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  • Aside from just visiting (which many people just do) this very popular hotel, lunch, dinner and/or good cocktails, inside or at their outdoor patio with lounge chairs and seating overlooking the whole city, lends for relaxing ambiance while sipping on something cool and letting the eyes take-in the panorama not soon forgotten.

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  • COOPER: I say Daisy Mae's Barbecue which is where I get barbecue take-in.

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  • COOPER: I said, like, you know, Daisy Mae's Barbecue, which is where I get barbecue take-in.

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  • Serve it up with tomato soup, and you've got take-out/take-in.

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  • How do we take-in the information that, say, politicians give us?

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  • All that about marrying the girl has been a take-in from beginning to end — all planned to induce you to do just what you have done.

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  • Before a month was up he suspected what two months showed, and three made plain as the nose on his face: the whole affair had been of the nature of a gross take-in.

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  • Whatever you wish, if we can't provide it on the spot, we'll send out for take-in.

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