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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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