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[tam] /tæm/
Origin of tam
by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • What I did to tam Jarland is not the real cause of what you're doing, is it?

  • He was anxious to make it clear he had nothing to do with what he called the "tam pizness" of the morning.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • That's what I telt tam, an' I pinted oot the difference atween you an' the elders.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • It seems even now as if it did look like you, but it might have been because it was like the tam you wore.

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The dance that tam O'Shanter witnessed was slow in comparison to it.

  • It is like tam o Shanter, in its living union of the comic, the pathetic, and the terrible.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • All tam talk together what they goin' do when they catch us, and get more mad.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for tam


short for tam-o'-shanter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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