hoodwink

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Etymology[edit]

From hood +‎ wink. First attested in the 1560s, in the sense "to blindfold".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhʊdwɪŋk/
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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (figuratively) To deceive by disguise; to dupe, bewile, mislead.
  2. (archaic) To cover the eyes with a hood; to blindfold.
  3. (archaic) To overshadow something in a way that one is blind or oblivious to it.
  4. (archaic) To hide or obscure.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Babington Macaulay
      The time was not yet come when eloquence was to be gagged, and reason to be hoodwinked []

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