Synonyms of 'hoax'
a deception, esp. a practical jokeHis claim to have a bomb was a hoax.
That was a really mean trick.
I thought she was playing a joke on me at first but she wasn't.
He never wrote the letter; it was a fraud.
I am afraid you have been the victim of a con.
You've been the victim of a rather cruel deception.
a stupid schoolboy prank
He fled to Switzerland rather than face trial for a tax swindle.
This was a ruse to divide them.
practical joke, ,
They played a silly practical joke on her.
fast one (informal), ,
to deceive or play a joke on (someone)He recently hoaxed a number of celebrities.
He has deceived and disillusioned us all.
He'll be upset when he finds out how you tricked him.
Art dealers fool a lot of people.
con (slang), ,
She claimed that a fraudster had conned her out of her life savings.
The British motorist has been conned by the government.
Are you sure you're not kidding me?
I'm just kidding.
She tried to bluff her way through the test.
Some of the offenders duped the psychologists.
Consumers are no longer so easily gulled into paying extra for a designer label.
We delude ourselves that we are in control.
He swindled investors out of millions of pounds.
bamboozle (informal), ,
He was bamboozled by conmen.
Many people are hoodwinked by the so-called beauty industry.
take (someone) for a ride (informal), , , ,
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in the sense of bamboozle
to cheatHe was bamboozled by conmen.
take in (informal),
rip off (slang),
stitch up (slang),
take for a ride (informal),
do the dirty on (British, informal),
pull a fast one on (informal),
in the sense of befool
in the sense of bluff
to pretend to be confident in order to influence (someone)She tried to bluff her way through the test.
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