flam

noun
\ ˈflam How to pronounce flam (audio) \

Definition of flam

: a drumbeat of two strokes of which the first is a very quick grace note

Examples of flam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Donald Trump’s presidency kicked off with a lie about the size of the crowd at his inauguration and degenerated into a four-year extravaganza of flim-flam. The Economist, "A timely diagnosis of the problem of rampant dishonesty," 20 Mar. 2021 For years, the Staten Island native has captivated connoisseurs of flim-flam artistry with his brazen crimes. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Jail guard was corrupted by Miami’s most brazen con man. Now he’s headed for slammer. | Miami Herald," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flam

1744, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flam

probably imitative

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Last Updated

23 Mar 2021

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“Flam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flam. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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