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gyp (someone) out of (something)

offensive slang To use trickery or cunning to obtain something from someone. "Gyp" is likely a shortening of "Gypsy," a term once used to refer to the Romani people, who have historically faced prejudicial preconceptions of being untrustworthy. A: "Does this sound too good to be true?" B: "Yeah, this is definitely a scam, Mom. If you invest, this guy is going to gyp you out of thousands."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gyp someone out of something

to deceive someone in order to get something of value. The salesclerk gypped me out of a dollar. The taxi driver tried to gyp me out of a fortune by driving all over the place.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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