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flimflam

noun flim·flam \ ˈflim-ˌflam \

Definition of flimflam

1 :deceptive nonsense

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Examples of flimflam in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of flimflam

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flim mockery


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flimflam

verb

Definition of flimflam

flimflammed; flimflamming
transitive verb
:to subject to a flimflam

flimflammer

noun

flimflammery

play \ˈflim-ˌfla-mə-rē\ noun

Examples of flimflam in a Sentence

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

Did You Know?

English is full of words concerned with trickery and deception, ranging from the colorful "flimflam," "bamboozle," and "hornswoggle" to the more mundane "deceive," "mislead," and "delude." "Flimflam" first entered English as a noun meaning "deceptive nonsense" in the second half of the 16th century. A sense meaning "deception" or "fraud" soon developed. The verb use didn't show up until well into the next century. In addition to general deceiving or tricking, the verb "flimflam" is often used specifically to refer to swindling someone out of money. The ultimate origin of "flimflam" is uncertain, but the word is probably of Scandinavian origin and may be related to the Old Norse flim, meaning "mockery."

First Known Use of flimflam

1660



FLIMFLAM Defined for English Language Learners

flimflam

noun

Definition of flimflam for English Language Learners

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

  • : foolish or deceptive words


flimflam

verb

Definition of flimflam for English Language Learners

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



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