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

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bamboozle
Definition
to cheat
He was bamboozled by conmen.
Synonyms
do (informal),
kid (informal),
skin (slang),
take in (informal),
con (informal),
sting (informal),
rip off (slang),
gull (archaic),
stitch up (slang),
double-cross (informal),
diddle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
do the dirty on (British, informal),
pull a fast one on (informal),
in the sense of befool
Synonyms
con,
impose on,
bamboozle (informal),
cozen (literary)
in the sense of bluff
Definition
to pretend to be confident in order to influence (someone)
She tried to bluff her way through the test.

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