humbuggery

humbuggery

[huhm-buhg-uh-ree]
noun
pretense; sham.

Origin:
1825–35; humbug + -ery

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humbug (ˈhʌmˌbʌɡ)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that tricks or deceives
2.  nonsense; rubbish
3.  (Brit) a hard boiled sweet, usually flavoured with peppermint and often having a striped pattern
 
vb , -bugs, -bugging, -bugged
4.  to cheat or deceive (someone)
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
'humbugger
 
n
 
'humbuggery
 
n

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