To cheat, to trick.
* '', 1853, J. Forster (editor), ''The Works of Walter Savage Landor , Volume 1,
(US, regional) To handle, to take care of.
* 1980 , John R. Erickson, Panhandle Cowboy ,
- I cannot think otherwise than that the undertaker of the aforecited poesy hath choused your Highness; for I have seen painted, I know not where, the identically same Dian, with full as many nymphs, as he calls them, and more dogs.
- This gave the roundup the appearance of a cavalry charge, and a stranger observing the procedure for the first time might have thought we were a bunch of green, possibly drunken cowboys making sport out of chousing' cattle. But we weren't ' chousing them, we were just trying to keep them in sight, and for a very good reason.
* (cheat) cheat, trick
One who is easily cheated; a gullible person.
A trick; a sham.
- (Ben Jonson)
To defraud (someone).
To obtain money or property by fraudulent or deceitful methods.
- ''The two men swindled the company out of $160,000.
* (to be swindled) be sold a pup
* (to defraud) swizz (informal, mainly British)
* scheme, swizz (informal, mainly British)