- a trick or deception, especially a swindle or confidence game involving skillful persuasion or clever manipulation of the victim.
- a piece of nonsense; twaddle; bosh.
- 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.
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I guess I can tell a gentleman from a con man or a flimflammer when I meet him.The Gentle Grafter
- nonsense; foolishness
- (as modifier)flimflam arguments
- a deception; swindle
- (tr) to deceive; trick; swindle; cheat
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse flīm mockery, Norwegian flire to giggle