flam

1
[flam]Informal.

noun

a deception or trick.
a falsehood; lie.

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

to deceive; delude; cheat.

Origin of flam

1
First recorded in 1615–25; short for flimflam

flam

2
[flam]

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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Examples from the Web for flam

Historical Examples of flam

  • 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 ran at her then, screaming, arms waving, eyes wild and green like an animal's.

    Legacy

    James H Schmitz

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

    Legacy

    James H Schmitz


British Dictionary definitions for flam

flam

1

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

flam

2

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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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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