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scam

[skam]
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noun
  1. a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
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verb (used with object), scammed, scam·ming.
  1. to cheat or defraud with a scam.
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Origin of scam

1960–65; orig. carnival argot; of obscure origin
Related formsscam·mer, noun
Can be confusedscam scan
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Related Words for scamming

work, achieve, navigate, exploit, jockey, manipulate, operate, fool, lie, misinform, entice, cheat, hoodwink, dupe, betray, deceive, tempt, misrepresent, fudge, defraud

British Dictionary definitions for scamming

scam

noun
  1. a stratagem for gain; a swindle
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verb scams, scamming or scammed
  1. (tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
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Word Origin and History for scamming

scam

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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