- a deception or trick.
- a falsehood; lie.
- to deceive; delude; cheat.
Origin of flam1
First recorded in 1615–25; short for flimflam
- a drumbeat consisting of two notes in quick succession, with the accent on the second.
Origin of flam2
First recorded in 1790–1800; imitative
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Examples from the Web for 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.
Flam and Virod are quite good at that, but there will be some pain.
Tanned, tall, sinuous Flam stood in the small room beyond the door.
- a falsehood, deception, or sham
- nonsense; drivel
- (tr) to cheat or deceive
C16: probably short for flimflam
- a drumbeat in which both sticks strike the head almost simultaneously but are heard to do so separately
C18: probably imitative of the sound
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Word Origin and History for flam
1630s, "sham story, fabrication" (n.); also "to deceive by flattery" (v.); see flim-flam.
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