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flimflam

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noun flim·flam \ˈflim-ˌflam\

Simple Definition of flimflam

  • : dishonest behavior meant to take money or property from someone

  • : foolish or deceptive words

Full Definition of flimflam

  1. 1 :  deceptive nonsense

  2. 2 :  deception, fraud

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


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flimflam

verb flim·flam

Simple Definition of flimflam

  • : to trick (someone) in order to steal money

Full Definition of flimflam

flim·flammedflim·flam·ming

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to subject to a flimflam

flim·flam·mer noun
flim·flam·mery play \-ˌfla-mə-rē\ noun

Examples of flimflam

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



1660

First Known Use of flimflam

1660



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