1. to get the better of.
2. to cheat.
[mid-19C+] defeated, defrauded.
1. [mid-19C] a villain who is equally happy to use physical force or verbal deceits to extract money from victims.
2. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a criminal who deceives his peers.
3. [mid-19C+] a fraudulent bookmaker.
4. [late 19C] (Aus.) one who lives by their wits.
[19C] to live as a professional criminal.