a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
verb (used with object), scammed, scam·ming.
to cheat or defraud with a scam.
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Origin of scam
1960–65; orig. carnival argot; of obscure origin
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slang a person who perpetrates a scam; swindler
a stratagem for gain; a swindle
verb scams, scamming or scammed
(tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
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1963, noun and verb, U.S. slang, a carnival term, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to 19c. British slang scamp "cheater, swindler" (see scamp (n.)).
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