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Chouse (1 syl.)

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To cheat out of something. Gifford says the interpreter of the Turkish embassy in England is called chiaus, and in 1609 this chiaus contrived to defraud his government of £4,000, an enormous sum at that period. From the notoriety of the swindle the word chiaus or to chouse was adopted.

“He is no chiaus.”


Ben Jonson: Alchemist, i. 1 (1610).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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