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scam

[skam] /skæm/
noun
1.
a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
verb (used with object), scammed, scamming.
2.
to cheat or defraud with a scam.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; orig. carnival argot; of obscure origin
Related forms
scammer, noun
Can be confused
scam, scan.
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British Dictionary definitions for scamming

scam

/skæm/
noun
1.
a stratagem for gain; a swindle
verb scams, scamming, scammed
2.
(transitive) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
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Word Origin and History for scamming

scam

1963, noun and verb, U.S. slang, a carnival term, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to 19c. British slang scamp "cheater, swindler" (see scamp (n.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for scamming

scam

noun
  1. (also scambo) A swindle; confidence game; fraud; con: It was a full scam/ Looking for a good scambo for April Fool's Day (1963+)
  2. The information; the LOW-DOWN, the SCOOP: Here's the scam. We're holing in for the night (1964+)
verb
  1. (also scam on): You guys are scamming me
  2. To fool around and waste time: scamming in the back room
Related Terms

what's the scam

[origin unknown; perhaps related to early 1800s British scamp, ''cheater, swindler'']


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