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fourflusher

[fawr-fluhsh-er, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌflʌʃ ər, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
a person who makes false or pretentious claims; bluffer.
Origin of fourflusher
1900-1905
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05; four flush + -er1
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Examples from the Web for four-flusher
Historical Examples
  • But, as I've said before, when it comes to figurin' on what women or horses'll do, I'm a four-flusher.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • This extra dresser is a four-flusher, for he is trying to appear as something that he is not.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • He'd thought the world of Don Roberts, who had turned out a four-flusher.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Don hadn't ever pretended to be any less of a four-flusher than he was.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • And I've got four thousand that belongs to that four-flusher, Square Deal.

    Square Deal Sanderson

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • You have been telling men that I am a coward and a four-flusher.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

    Jackson Gregory
  • The fancy-colored, freakish paper is nearly always used by the four-flusher in business.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • If an employe is a sluggard or a four-flusher, he may be sure these things will be found out and he cannot hope for advancement.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • I ain't such a four-flusher as to lay down my hand before I've played it out.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for four-flusher

four-flusher

/ˈfɔːˌflʌʃə/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian, slang) a person who bluffs or attempts to deceive
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Word Origin and History for four-flusher
n.

"cheat, dishonest person," 1900, from verb four-flush "to bluff a poker hand, claim a flush (n.) while holding only four cards in the suit" (1896).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for four-flusher

four-flusher

noun

A bluffer or fraud; cheat; swindler (1904+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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