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1538 as noun, 1660 as verb. By reduplication. Perhaps from a dialectical word or Scandinavian; compare Old Norse flim (“lampoon, mockery”).
flim-flam (plural flim-flams) (Not recorded with this spelling in major dictionaries; usually spelled flimflam.)
- Misinformation; bunkum; false information presented as true.
- Most reports of supernatural occurrences turn out to be flim-flam when carefully investigated.
- confidence game, con game
- (archaic) table tennis
- flim-flam man: Confidence trickster
- ^ “flim-flam” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).