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flimflam

[ flim-flam ]

noun

  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.

flimflam

/ ˈflɪmˌflæm /

noun

    1. nonsense; foolishness
    2. ( as modifier )

      flimflam arguments

  1. a deception; swindle


verb

  1. tr to deceive; trick; swindle; cheat

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Derived Forms

  • ˈflimˌflammer, noun

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Other Words From

  • flimflammer noun
  • flimflammer·y noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of flimflam1

First recorded in 1530–40; gradational compound of expressive origin

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Word History and Origins

Origin of flimflam1

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

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Example Sentences

He neither genuflects to it nor tries to tart it up as a flashy, self-satisfied blockbuster flimflam.

From Time

But this new flavor of rhetorical flimflam is still pretty, well, whack.

But that means they would have to dismiss his words as typical political flimflam.

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

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

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

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

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