Pronunciation: (grift), [key] Slang.
1. (sometimes used with a pl. v.) a group of methods for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling, etc.
2. money obtained from such practices.
to profit by the use of grift: a man known to have grifted for many years.
to obtain (money or other profit) by grift.
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