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flam1

[flam] /flæm/
noun
1.
a deception or trick.
2.
a falsehood; lie.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), flammed, flamming.
3.
to deceive; delude; cheat.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; short for flim-flam
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British Dictionary definitions for flamming

flam1

/flæm/
noun
1.
a falsehood, deception, or sham
2.
nonsense; drivel
verb flams, flamming, flammed
3.
(transitive) to cheat or deceive
Word Origin
C16: probably short for flimflam

flam2

/flæm/
noun
1.
a drumbeat in which both sticks strike the head almost simultaneously but are heard to do so separately
Word Origin
C18: probably imitative of the sound
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Word Origin and History for flamming

flam

n.

1630s, "sham story, fabrication" (n.); also "to deceive by flattery" (v.); see flim-flam.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flamming

flam

Related Terms

flimflam


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