flimflam


1flim·flam

noun \ˈflim-ˌflam\

: dishonest behavior meant to take money or property from someone

: foolish or deceptive words

Full Definition of FLIMFLAM

1
:  deceptive nonsense

Examples of FLIMFLAM

  1. The report is just a lot of corporate flimflam.
  2. <giving the new guy at work her cell phone number—in case of an emergency—was just a flimflam to pique his romantic interest>

Origin of FLIMFLAM

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flim mockery
First Known Use: circa 1570

2flimflam

verb

: to trick (someone) in order to steal money

flim·flammedflim·flam·ming

Full Definition of FLIMFLAM

transitive verb
:  to subject to a flimflam
flim·flam·mer noun
flim·flam·mery \-ˌfla-mə-rē\ noun

Examples of FLIMFLAM

  1. <everyone likes to think that they're too smart to be flimflammed by anyone>

First Known Use of FLIMFLAM

1660

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