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[flim-flam] /ˈflɪmˌflæm/
noun
1.
a trick or deception, especially a swindle or confidence game involving skillful persuasion or clever manipulation of the victim.
2.
a piece of nonsense; twaddle; bosh.
verb (used with object), flimflammed, flimflamming.
3.
to trick, deceive, swindle, or cheat:
A fortuneteller flimflammed her out of her savings.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; gradational compound of expressive orig.
Related forms
flimflammer, noun
flimflammery, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flimflammer

flimflam

/ˈflɪmˌflæm/
noun
1.
  1. nonsense; foolishness
  2. (as modifier) flimflam arguments
2.
a deception; swindle
verb -flams, -flamming, -flammed
3.
(transitive) to deceive; trick; swindle; cheat
Derived Forms
flimflammer, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse flīm mockery, Norwegian flire to giggle
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Slang definitions & phrases for flimflammer

flimflammer

noun

A confidence man; cheater; swindler: an expert flimflammer who worked up crime's ladder (1880s+)


flimflam

modifier

: a flimflam game/ flimflam man

noun

: Don't fall for that flimflam

verb

To cheat or swindle; defraud; bamboozle, con: We've been flimflammed/ He talked like some hick begging to be flimflammed (1538+)


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