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dupe (noun) someone easily fooled or cheated.

If A cheats B, B is the dupe of A. The shop assistant found some of the customers easy dupes; that is, he found some of them easy to deceive. Jenkinson found his dupe in the vicar's son Moses in Goldsmith's novel, 'The Vicar of Wakefield,' as Jenkinson cheats him into losing his horse. Roderigo in Shakespeare's 'Othello,' is lago's dupe as lago cheats him of a lot of money.

  • People who, believing the empty promises of candidates at the time of elections, elect them are just the dupes of those whom they elect.
  • By buying with fake credit cards, and thus making the transactions void, Ashman made dupes of many shop owners.
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