1. an act of obtaining money from someone by fraud
⇒ Roy is a master of the short grift, a quick swindle that's over before its victim
even knows it.
2. to swindle someone out of money
⇒ Cher could always tell when a scam or a grift was going down – after all, she 'd been
grifting for twenty years.
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