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  1. a trick or deception, especially a swindle or confidence game involving skillful persuasion or clever manipulation of the victim.
  2. a piece of nonsense; twaddle; bosh.
verb (used with object), flim·flammed, flim·flam·ming.
  1. to trick, deceive, swindle, or cheat: A fortuneteller flimflammed her out of her savings.

Origin of flimflam

First recorded in 1530–40; gradational compound of expressive orig.
Related formsflim·flam·mer, nounflim·flam·mer·y, noun
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Related Words for flimflam

fool, shaft, fleece, hose, scam, dupe, cheat, rook, burn, gull, trick, gyp, chisel, steal, con, sandbag, bilk, defraud, diddle, gip

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Historical Examples of flimflam

  • As long as there is plenty of flimflam to distract the viewer.

    Toy Shop

    Henry Maxwell Dempsey

  • I tried my darndest to flimflam the information out of him, but it was no use.

  • A flimflam offer by a theologian of inchoate title to improved real estate in the Sky for real estate, rentals and cash on Earth.

  • He saw that modern financial ingenuity has found a way to flimflam the devil himself.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

British Dictionary definitions for flimflam


    1. nonsense; foolishness
    2. (as modifier)flimflam arguments
  1. a deception; swindle
verb -flams, -flamming or -flammed
  1. (tr) to deceive; trick; swindle; cheat
Derived Formsflimflammer, noun

Word Origin for flimflam

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse flīm mockery, Norwegian flire to giggle
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