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 To trick or mislead someone…   hoodwink   To hoodwink someone means to trick or mislead them. Beware of fake ATMs that try to hoodwink you into giving over your bank card and your code, only to keep them both and steal all your money.   An excellent, old-fashioned word is hoodwink, and you’ll be happy you know it when…

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To contribute or have an effect…   redound   Use the verb redound in formal situations to mean “contribute” or “have an effect.” You could tell your friend that his patience with unruly children will redound to his reputation as a good school bus driver.   Redound shows up only in the most formal speech and writing, but it’s a…

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Translating into coded form.   encipher   To encipher is to take a piece of information or a message and translate it into a coded form. You can encipher a note to your friend by replacing the letters with specific numbers.   If your friend enciphers an email before sending it, you’ll need to know what code they used…

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Robin Hood is famous for doing this…   pilfer   To pilfer is to steal something, typically of small value. Minor thefts, like taking a roll of toilet paper out of a public bathroom or napkins from the Early Bird Buffet are what your grandfather, for example, might pilfer.   The verb pilfer comes from the Old French noun pelfre, meaning…