n.1.One of a set of vagabonds who formerly roamed through England, feigning lunacy for the sake of obtaining alms.
To sham Abraham
to feign sickness.
- Goldsmith.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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I tell thee, friend, one must serve a long apprenticeship ere one can learn to be even so much as a clapper-dudgeon, much less a crank or an Abraham-man.[3] I tell thee, lad, thou art too old to enter upon that which it may take thee years to catch the hang of."
Upright-man, Jurkman, Clapper-dudgeon, Dommerer, or Abraham-man?"