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If you’re into gaming, then this is definitely a must-have for you, because zocken is a colloquial verb for playing a computer game.

  • Ich habe das ganze Wochenende Elden Ring gezockt.
  • I played Elden Ring the entire weekend.

It comes from an old Hebrew word for playing  and for a time, it was also used for gambling. And that’s where the prefix version abzocken got its meaning. Because originally, it was about fleecing someone at gambling, but now it’s also used in the context of some good or service being really overpriced.

  • Die AirBnB Service-Gebühr ist reine Abzocke.
  • The AirBnB service fee is a pure rip-off.

If you want to see some more related words and examples, check out this short article on YourDailyGerman:

The meaning and family of “zocken”