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To be deluded, tricked, swindled, or outsmarted. (Always used in the past tense.) I was had by that insurance salesmen. Now we're paying twice as much for a plan that, in reality, doesn't cover anything! I think you were had, my friend. That car is a complete piece of junk. The master chess player was had in the end by the young prodigy.
been hadand was had; have been had
1. (of a woman) been copulated with; been made pregnant. I've been had, and I'm going to have the baby. When she said she had been had, I didn't know it happened on her honeymoon.
2. been mistreated, cheated, or dealt with badly. Look at this cheap shirt that I paid $30 for! I was had! I've been had by that lousy gyp joint.
See also: been
1. Be outwitted; also, be cheated, deceived. For example, This lawyer is a real shyster; you've been had, or I've become very cautious about these schemes; it's too costly to be had more than once . This expression employs the verb to have in the sense of getting someone in one's power or at a disadvantage. [Slang; early 1800s]
2. Be bribed or influenced by dishonest means. For example, Our senator's incorruptible; he cannot be had. [Slang; early 1800s]
been hadand was had
1. phr. been copulated with; been made pregnant. I’ve been had, and I’m going to have the baby. I was so had! Twins!
2. phr. been mistreated, cheated, or dealt with badly. (see also taken.) Look at this shirt! I was had!
See also: been
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