bilk bilk  /ˈbɪlk/


  1. (v) cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
  2. (v) evade payment to
  3. (v) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  4. (v) escape, either physically or mentally



  1. Hal and millions of other Americans have made it a normal practice to bilk large sums of money out of Uncle Sam at tax time.
  2. During the Gold Rush, a crooked gambler in San Francisco is said to have used the game to bilk some Forty-Niners out of their money, turning its name into a general term for cons.
  3. The kidnaping, he confessed, was a hoax engineered by Manny, who hoped to bilk Uncle Carlo out of the ransom so that he could run off with his blonde girl friend.


  1. Corrupt lab boss: Doctors took millions in bribes

    Leaders of a New Jersey medical laboratory admit to paying bribes to hundreds of doctors in New York and New Jersey in order to bilk millions from Medicare. Jonathan Dienst reports.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: MSNBC

  2. School lunch servers made extra food, then trashed it for more pay

    EDMONDS, Wash. — Two former food service workers at the Edmonds School District prepared — then trashed — more than 1,500 meals in an effort to bilk the district out of money, the Everett Herald reported. According to the Herald, …
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Q13 FOX Seattle

  3. Former Lubbock hospital VP pleads guilty to fraud

    A former vice president of a Lubbock hospital has pleaded guilty to a scheme in which he used fake invoices to bilk the hospital for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: KFDA-TV Amarillo


  1. "So deep was Ralph Reed involved in Jack Abramoff's schemes to bilk his clients and advance gambling interests - so caught up in the Washington culture of corruption was Ralph Reed that he lost a party primary in Georgia for Lieutenant Governor in...
    on Aug 15, 2008 By: Henry Waxman Source: Earthtimes (press release)

  2. "We will not tolerate big pharmaceutical companies that ignore the laws of Texas and bilk Texas taxpayers in the race for profits," Abbott says.
    on Nov 28, 2005 By: Greg Abbott Source:

  3. "Our government should not be in the business of patenting new and inventive ways to bilk the Treasury at the expense of law-abiding taxpayers," said Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a Texas Democrat who has drafted legislation against tax havens.
    on Nov 15, 2007 By: Lloyd Doggett Source: Reuters

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