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with Anu Garg

grift

PRONUNCIATION:
(grift)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A swindle or a confidence game.
2. Money obtained by fraud.
verb tr., intr.:
To swindle someone; to obtain something by swindling.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of graft, the origin of which remains unknown as well.

USAGE:
"The real genius of the ever-evolving 419 scam is its ability to change with the times. Like Madonna or antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus, the money-advancing grift continuously reinvents itself to better infiltrate society's weaknesses."
Helen A.S. Popkin; Don't Get Taken by This Adorable Scam; MSNBC; Nov 7, 2007.

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