tr.v. bilked, bilk·ing, bilks
a. To defraud, cheat, or swindle: made millions bilking wealthy clients on art sales.
b. To evade payment of: bilk one's debts.
2. To thwart or frustrate: "Fate ... may be to a certain extent bilked" (Thomas Carlyle).
3. To elude.
1. One who cheats.
2. Obsolete A hoax or swindle.
[Perhaps alteration of BALK.]
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