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flam1

[flam]Informal.
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noun
  1. a deception or trick.
  2. a falsehood; lie.
verb (used with or without object), flammed, flam·ming.
  1. to deceive; delude; cheat.

Origin of flam1

First recorded in 1615–25; short for flimflam
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British Dictionary definitions for flamming

flam1

noun
  1. a falsehood, deception, or sham
  2. nonsense; drivel
verb flams, flamming or flammed
  1. (tr) to cheat or deceive

Word Origin

C16: probably short for flimflam

flam2

noun
  1. a drumbeat in which both sticks strike the head almost simultaneously but are heard to do so separately

Word Origin

C18: probably imitative of the sound
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Word Origin and History for flamming

flam

n.

1630s, "sham story, fabrication" (n.); also "to deceive by flattery" (v.); see flim-flam.

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