flamming

flam

1 [flam] Informal.
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:
1615–25; short for flim-flam

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flam1 (flæm)
 
n
1.  a falsehood, deception, or sham
2.  nonsense; drivel
 
vb , flams, flamming, flammed
3.  (tr) to cheat or deceive
 
[C16: probably short for flimflam]

flam2 (flæm)
 
n
a drumbeat in which both sticks strike the head almost simultaneously but are heard to do so separately
 
[C18: probably imitative of the sound]

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flam
sham story, fabrication, 1630s; as a verb, to deceive by flattery; see flim-flam.
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