be skunked out of one's money

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Eric001

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Chinese-Beijing
hello guys
be skunked out of one's money, I know that here skunk refers to cheat. I wonder it is common to say so.

thanks for any suggestions you give.
 
  • Terry Morti

    Senior Member
    UK
    Well I never! To skunk! I'd never heard of the verb!

    OED does say it is slang (orig. and chiefly N. Amer.)

    1. a. intr. To fail. rare. b. trans. To defeat or get the better of; to inflict defeat upon.
    In some quots. in passive = ‘defeated without making any score’.
    2. a. trans. To fail to pay (a bill or a creditor).
    b. To cheat; in pass., to be cheated out of.
    We had the thread about skunk eye earlier today as well!
     
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    Eric001

    Senior Member
    Chinese-Beijing
    Thanks a lot, guys
    Actually, this question is my very first one in wordreference. I searched everywhere for my post to see the replies and just couldn't until I finally got a e-mail with the address by which i am finally here.
    I got that sentence from a dictionary well-known in china called ciba. You know without help a non-native speaker can hardly know if a word is appropriate in a certain place. I have never heard it before I saw it when I was looking up the dictionary for the "skunk eye".
    I understand it now.
    Thanks again.
     
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