hoodwink

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hood +‎ wink

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hoodwink (third-person singular simple present hoodwinks, present participle hoodwinking, simple past and past participle hoodwinked)

  1. (archaic) To cover the eyes with a hood; to blindfold.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 81:
      Some there are, that through feare anticipate the hangmans hand; as he did, whose friends having obtained his pardon, and putting away the cloth wherewith he was hood-winkt, that he might heare it read, was found starke dead upon the scaffold, wounded only by the stroke of imagination.
  2. To deceive or trick.
    I feel like the salesman hoodwinked me into buying right away.

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