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English verb: diddle

1. diddle (social) deprive of by deceit


SamplesHe swindled me out of my inheritance.
She defrauded the customers who trusted her.
The cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change.


ExamplesThey diddle him of all his money


Synonymsbunco, con, defraud, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)cheat, chisel, rip off


Narrower (hyponym)short, short-change

2. diddle (contact) manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination


SamplesShe played nervously with her wedding ring.
Don't fiddle with the screws.
He played with the idea of running for the Senate.


Synonymsfiddle, play, toy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)manipulate


Narrower (hyponym)put out, retire









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