flim-flam

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

1538 as noun, 1660 as verb. By reduplication. Perhaps from a dialectical word or Scandinavian; compare Old Norse flim (lampoon, mockery).[1]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

flim-flam (plural flim-flams) (Not recorded with this spelling in major dictionaries; usually spelled flimflam.)

  1. Misinformation; bunkum; false information presented as true.
    Most reports of supernatural occurrences turn out to be flim-flam when carefully investigated.
  2. confidence game, con game
  3. (archaic) table tennis

Derived termsEdit

  • flim-flam man: Confidence trickster
  • flam

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ flim-flam” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
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