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flam1

[flam]Informal.
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noun
  1. a deception or trick.
  2. a falsehood; lie.
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verb (used with or without object), flammed, flam·ming.
  1. to deceive; delude; cheat.
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Origin of flam1

First recorded in 1615–25; short for flimflam

flam2

[flam]
noun
  1. a drumbeat consisting of two notes in quick succession, with the accent on the second.
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Origin of flam2

First recorded in 1790–1800; imitative
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for flam

Historical Examples

  • Deuceace's flam about Prince Tallyram was puffickly successful.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • “All soft soap and flam,” said Bob to himself, as he went out on deck.

    Middy and Ensign

    G. Manville Fenn

  • Flam brought in a small package of flat disks taped together.

    Legacy

    James H Schmitz

  • Flam and Virod are quite good at that, but there will be some pain.

    Legacy

    James H Schmitz

  • Tanned, tall, sinuous Flam stood in the small room beyond the door.

    Legacy

    James H Schmitz


British Dictionary definitions for flam

flam1

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

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

n.

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

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