from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take in by deceptive means; deceive. See Synonyms at deceive.
- transitive v. Archaic To blindfold.
- transitive v. Obsolete To conceal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cover the eyes with a hood; to blindfold.
- v. To deceive or trick.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To blind by covering the eyes.
- transitive v. To cover; to hide.
- transitive v. To deceive by false appearance; to impose upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To blind by covering the eyes; blindfold.
- To cover; hide.
- To blind mentally; deceive by disguise; impose upon.
- Synonyms See deceive.
- n. Disguise; concealment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. influence by slyness
- v. conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
And even then it was uncommon because of the profoundly negative connotations blindfolds carried for medieval and Renaissance audiences, who viewed them as emblems not of impartiality but of deception hence the early use of the word hoodwink as a noun, meaning a blindfold or hood.
Will Obama crack under pressure within 100 days in office? survey said that most obama voters do not know what the word hoodwink means?
We're also against annuities that are sold by unscrupulous salespersons who sometimes "hoodwink" (often older) investors into investing with them by providing false or misleading information about the annuity products they're selling.
Don't let him "hoodwink" you or "bamboozle" you with his clever shell game, Barack.
Typical white person who is sick of this closet racist, America hating bigot trying to "hoodwink" the American people. shawn
I also find it interesting that Obama is characterizing Hillary's suggestion that the two would make a good unity ticket (with her on the top, naturally) as just an attempt to "hoodwink" and "bamboozle" voters.
I like Obama because he uses words like "hoodwink" and "bamboozle" in political speeches.
I actually used "hoodwink" here on TPM the other day, specifically to describe what Hillary is doing.
The "hoodwink" language makes a clear inference that they are dispespectful of the electorate (which is clearly true).
I am surprised that there is any doubt in your mind that they were willing and ready to 'hoodwink' others; the evidence is now abundant.