To impose upon
Impose Im*pose", v. i. To practice tricks or deception. [1913 Webster]

{To impose on} or {To impose upon}, (a) to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud. ``He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things.'' --Locke. (b) to place an unwelcome burden or obligation on (another person); as, she imposed on her friend to drive her daughter to school. (c) to take unfair advantage of (a person, a friendship); as, he imposed on his friendship with The Mayor to gain business. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Impose — Im*pose , v. i. To practice tricks or deception. [1913 Webster] {To impose on} or {To impose upon}, (a) to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud. He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things. Locke. (b) to place an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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