abraham-man

Abraham-man

A"bra*ham-man`\or Abram-man \A"bram-man`\, n. [Possibly in allusion to the parable of the beggar Lazarus in Luke xvi. --Murray (New Eng. Dict. ).] One of a set of vagabonds who formerly roamed through England, feigning lunacy for the sake of obtaining alms. --Nares.

To sham Abraham, to feign sickness. --Goldsmith.
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