flam

1
[ flam ]
/ flæm /
Informal.

noun

a deception or trick.
a falsehood; lie.

verb (used with or without object), flammed, flam·ming.

to deceive; delude; cheat.

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Origin of flam

1
First recorded in 1615–25; short for flimflam

Definition for flam (2 of 2)

flam2
[ flam ]
/ flæm /

noun

a drumbeat consisting of two notes in quick succession, with the accent on the second.

Origin of flam

2
First recorded in 1790–1800; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for flam (1 of 2)

flam1
/ (flæm) mainly dialect /

noun

a falsehood, deception, or sham
nonsense; drivel

verb flams, flamming or flammed

(tr) to cheat or deceive

Word Origin for flam

C16: probably short for flimflam

British Dictionary definitions for flam (2 of 2)

flam2
/ (flæm) /

noun

a drumbeat in which both sticks strike the head almost simultaneously but are heard to do so separately

Word Origin for flam

C18: probably imitative of the sound
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