1. any form of trick or deception, usu. qualified by a relevant noun, e.g. ‘New Labour election rort’.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 22 May 4/8: ’Struth! I’ve broke from the rorts and the roughies / The totes and the poker machines.|
|Dryblower’s Verses 50: A bank roll unto him is ‘Oscar Asche’ / A swindle is to him a ‘joke’, a ‘wrought.’.|
|‘The Dying Bagman’ in(1999) 96: He’d learnt all the rorts as a whaler, / But alas he will battle no more.|
|Townsville Dly Bulletin (Qld) 11 Feb. 4/5: The complaint arose out of booing of the judge’s decision in a race and a remark alleged to have been made by Hixon, a horse-owner, ‘It’s only a rort’.|
|Jimmy Brockett 42: The rort was to make the cockies part up with their cash for enlargements of their dead papas and mammas. Ten quid for a pair of framed photographs which costs us a couple of quid.|
|Horses in Kitchen 107: Willie, although an honest man, had what is known today as a gimmick. [...] We referred to it as ‘Willie’s rort.’.|
|Real Thing 13: Remember when we had that rort going through Melbourne customs with those Mercedes.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. 🌐 Rort. An advantage obtained by devious methods.|
|Goodoo Goodoo 242: They’ve pulled an insurance scam. Sherry Waldren’s in on the rort too.|
|(con. 1945–6) Devil’s Jump (2008) 95: My guess was that Toohey and Lil had been running some kind of blackmail rort.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 175: rort 1. Scam, like the dubious welfare claims the authorities are trying to stop.|
|Sucked In 151: We’ve got a load on our plates [...] pressing our advantage on the travel rorts scandal.|
|Scrublands [ebook] labor rorts, yells the Herald Sun.|
2. (Aus.) a prank.
|Sun (Sydney) 21 Apr. 2/3: Any jest, jibe, surprise, or embarrassment suffered by a student or a number of students, is a ‘rort.’ A prank is appraised at its ‘rort’ value.|
3. (Aus.) a job.
|Up the Cross 22: Another couple of jobs followed [...] But they went the same way, for the same reasons, as the other rorts.(con. 1959)|