- a deception or trick.
- a falsehood; lie.
- to deceive; delude; cheat.
Origin of flam1
First recorded in 1615–25; short for flimflam
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- a falsehood, deception, or sham
- nonsense; drivel
- (tr) to cheat or deceive
C16: probably short for flimflam
- a drumbeat in which both sticks strike the head almost simultaneously but are heard to do so separately
C18: probably imitative of the sound
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Word Origin and History for flamming
1630s, "sham story, fabrication" (n.); also "to deceive by flattery" (v.); see flim-flam.
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