Word of the Day:


bilk :



verb1 : to block the free development of :frustrate 2 a : to cheat out of something valuable : defraud b : to evade payment of or to 3 : to slipaway from 

Examples:
The investigation revealed that the garage had been bilking motorists for repairs that had never been made

“Two women were convictedThursday of taking part in a schemein which unnecessary medicalprocedures were carried out in orderto bilk insurance companies out of more than $50 million.” — SeanEmeryOrange County Register(California), March 7, 2015

Did you know?
Initially, “bilking” wasn‘t consideredcheatingjust good strategy for cribbage playersLanguagehistorians aren‘t sure where bilkoriginated, but they have noticed thatits earliest uses occur in contextsreferring to cribbagePart of the scoring in cribbage involves eachplayer adding cards from his or her hand to a pile of discards called the “crib.” At the end of a hand, the dealer gets any points in the cribStrategicallythen, it’s wisest for the dealer‘s opponent to discard non-scoring cards—the ones most likelyto “balk,” or put a check on, the dealer‘s scoreEtymologists theorizethat “bilk” may have originated as an alteration of that card-game “balk.”

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