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cozen (verb) cheat; deceive.
When a person cozens you, they cheat you. They tell you lies, they talk persuasively to you, just to make you give them money, or do what they want you to do. 'He cozened people of large sums of money, by claiming to show them easy ways to become rich.' This means that he collected money from people lying to them that he would show them easy ways to become rich, and disappeared. She tried to cozen people by tricking them into buying fake stones, but failed. That is, she was unable to cozen people into buying her fake stones.
- This is how Moses cozens people. First he would appear so honest that others are convinced of his honesty. He would then collect money from them, offering them twice the amount over a period, and would suddenly disappear with the money.
- Harry cozens people in minor matters like getting a free lunch or a drink, but by and large, he is honest and hasn't the tendency to large-scale cozening.