To talk about horology on the moon wouldn't add to Dabney's stature as a phoney scientist.
They'll size me for a phoney promoter excavatin' your pocketbook.
This lad is here on business and has no time for our phoney hooptedo.
"She put up a phoney story about the kid being hers," he added.
He checked up on that stuff you sold him, found out that it was phoney.
It had had, in fact, to be an honest job of ship-building in order to put across a phoney promotion.
If the number is forty-five, it means that the lad is a phoney.
Well, I'll gamble a stack of blue chips there ain't such a phoney pair in Manhattan Village.
The fat red sun was strictly a phoney, and it didn't fool him any.
It would be an adventure, at least, and Murphy's repeated assertions that it was "a phoney" invited investigation.
also phoney, "not genuine," 1899, perhaps an alteration of fawney "gilt brass ring used by swindlers."
His most successful swindle was selling "painted" or "phony" diamonds. He had a plan of taking cheap stones, and by "doctoring" them make them have a brilliant and high class appearance. His confederates would then take the diamonds to other pawnbrokers and dispose of them. ["The Jewelers Review," New York, April 5, 1899]The noun meaning "phony person or thing" is attested from 1902.
Not real or genuine; false; fake: You phony little fake (1900+)
: I ain't phoneying them woids (1942+)
[fr late 1700s British underworld slang fawney fr Irish fa´inne, ''ring,'' referring to a swindle in which the fawney-dropper drops a cheap ring before the victim, then is persuaded to sell it as if it were valuable; as the sequence of spellings, phoney and later phony, indicates, the US spelling is probably based on an attested folk etymology revealing the notion that one's feelings or even identity could be readily falsified on the telephone]