flimflam

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flimflam a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flimflam A freak; a trick; a lie.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flimflam A freak; a trick; an imposition or deception.
    • flimflam To cheat out of (money), as in making or receiving change or the like.
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “Mere flimflam stories, and nothing but shams and lies.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Flam

Usage

In literature:

But you're as likely as any to be mistook on a flimflam game, such as these loafers is putting up.
"Burning Daylight" by Jack London
The Flimflams of the Law.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
He's been flimflammed into believing you the greatest man in the United States.
"Ridgway of Montana" by William MacLeod Raine
The Flimflams of the Law.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
He was not going to be "flimflammed," no, sir!
"Bunch Grass" by Horace Annesley Vachell
I'm more or less of a thickhead when it comes to flossy finance; but I've seen enough plain flimflam games to know a few things.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Keener men have been flimflammed by much the same formula.
"The Boss of Wind River" by A. M. Chisholm
I 'lowed I'd come through to-night, but these hyar carryin's on done flimflammed me.
"A House Party with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
He flimflammed Kinzie for his first chunk of money, and after that it was easy.
"The Real Man" by Francis Lynde
I tried my darndest to flimflam the information out of him, but it was no use.
"The Gray Phantom's Return" by Herman Landon
Paroff will not dare tell how he was flimflammed.
"The Million Dollar Mystery" by Harold MacGrath
He saw that modern financial ingenuity has found a way to flimflam the devil himself.
"Yellowstone Nights" by Herbert Quick
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In news:

Flimflam founders (from left): Eagles coach Andy Reid, owner Jeffrey Lurie, president.
New York writer Pope Brock describes the exploits of Depression-era quack John R Brinkley in Charlatan : America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam.
Adapted by Nicholas and Ted Griffin from Eric Garcia's soft-boiled Sun Belt thriller, this is a coolly orchestrated flimflam fandango.
Try solving this word challenge without any bamboozling, cheating, flimflam, conniving trickery, antics, or crookedness.
New York writer Pope Brock describes the exploits of Depression-era quack John R Brinkley in Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam.
Investigators are working to identify a man involved in a flimflam scam that happened on Halloween.
Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. Investigators are working to identify a man involved in a flimflam scam that happened on Halloween.
Man arrested in apparent Rainey Road flimflam.
'Flimflam finance' used by Pa. Turnpike, Wagner charges.
Paul Krugman says Rep Paul Ryan is a flimflam man because he claims his Roadmap would cut the federal deficit.
Gehry's "Flimflam," Lauder's "Club," and $7b for MSG.
Man arrested in apparent Rainey Road flimflam .
Paul Ryan's budget flimflam .
' Flimflam finance' used by Pa. Turnpike, Wagner charges.
The Great American Flimflam .
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