verb Etymology: grift, noun, perhaps alteration of graft Date: 1915 transitive verb to obtain (money) illicitly (as in a confidence game) intransitive verb to acquire money or property illicitly • grift noungrifter noun

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  • grift — /grift/, Slang. n. 1. (sometimes used with a pl. v.) a group of methods for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling, etc. 2. money obtained from such practices. v.i. 3. to profit by the use of grift: a man… …   Universalium

  • grift — grift; grift·er; …   English syllables

  • Grift — Grift, Fluß in der niederländischen Provinz Geldern; entspringt im Bezirk Arnheim, bei Apeldoorn, u. mündet bei Hattem in die Yssel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • grift — 1906 (n.); 1915 (v.), U.S. underworld slang, perhaps a corruption of GRAFT (Cf. graft) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • grift — [n] swindle cheating, confidence game, con game*, deceit, dirty pool*, double dealing*, extortion, fix, fraud, racket*, rip off*, scam, shady deal*, shell game*, stealing, sting, trickery; concepts 59,139,192 …   New thesaurus

  • grift — [[t]grɪft[/t]] Slang. 1) sts the practice of obtaining money by swindles, frauds, etc 2) sts money obtained from such practices 3) sts to profit by the use of grift 4) sts to obtain (profit) by grift • Etymology: 1910–15; perh. alter. of graft II …   From formal English to slang

  • grift — 1. noun a confidence game or swindle. as in Whats the Grift? or What are you trying to pull? 2. verb a) To obtain illegally, as by con game. b) To obtain money illegally …   Wiktionary

  • grift — n. obtaining of money by cheating, fraud v. obtain money by grift; engage in cheating; con somebody …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grift — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. swindle, *con game, confidence game, *rip off, extortion, sting, scam, *racket, hustle, fraud …   English dictionary for students

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