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  • Chouse — Chouse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Choused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chousing}.] [From Turk. ch[=a][=u]sh a messenger or interpreter, one of whom, attached to the Turkish embassy, in 1609 cheated the Turkish merchants resident in England out of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chouse — Chouse, n. 1. One who is easily cheated; a tool; a simpleton; a gull. Hudibras. [1913 Webster] 2. A trick; sham; imposition. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 3. A swindler. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chouse — index bait (lure), illude, inveigle, ruse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • chouse — swindler, swindle, 1650s, from Turk. chaush sergeant, herald, messenger, but the sense connection is obscure …   Etymology dictionary

  • Chouse — A large rosette of ribbon or tulle …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • chouse — chouse1 [chous] vt. choused, chousing [< CHIAUS: after a Turk interpreter alleged to have swindled London merchants in 1609] Chiefly Brit. to cheat; swindle ☆ chouse2 [chous ] vt. [< ?] West to herd (cattle) roughly …   English World dictionary

  • chouse — I. transitive verb (choused; chousing) Etymology: perhaps from Turkish çavuş doorkeeper, messenger Date: circa 1659 cheat, trick II. transitive verb (choused; chousing) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1904 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chouse — chouser, n. /chows/, v., choused, chousing, n. v.t. 1. to swindle; cheat (often fol. by of or out of). n. 2. a swindle. 3. Archaic. a swindler. 4. Archaic. a dupe. [1600 10; perh. to be identified with CHIAUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • chouse — Synonyms and related words: artifice, beat, bilk, cheat, cozen, defraud, diddle, do, feint, flimflam, gambit, gimmick, gyp, jig, overreach, play, ploy, ruse, whizzer …   Moby Thesaurus

  • chouse — n. scoundrel, cheat, fraud v. defraud, cheat …   English contemporary dictionary

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