flimflamming

flimflam

[flim-flam] Informal.
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:
1530–40; gradational compound of expressive orig.

flimflammer, noun
flimflammery, noun
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flimflam (ˈflɪmˌflæm)
 
n
1.  a.  nonsense; foolishness
 b.  (as modifier): flimflam arguments
2.  a deception; swindle
 
vb , -flams, -flamming, -flammed
3.  (tr) to deceive; trick; swindle; cheat
 
[C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse flīm mockery, Norwegian flire to giggle]
 
'flimflammer
 
n

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flimflam definition

[ˈflɪmflæm]
  1. n.
    a confidence trick or deception. : The whole business sounds like a bit of flimflam to me.
  2. n.
    nonsense; deception. : Beware of the flimflam they will try to pull on you.
  3. tv. & in.
    to cheat or deceive (someone). : Don't try to flimflam me. I wasn't born yesterday, you know.
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