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bun·kumalso bun·combe (bŭng′kəm)
Empty or insincere talk; claptrap.
[After Buncombe, a county of western North Carolina, from a remark made around 1820 by its congressman, who felt obligated to give a dull speech "for Buncombe".]
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1. empty talk; nonsense
2. chiefly US empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity
[C19: after Buncombe, a county in North Carolina, alluded to in an inane speech by its Congressional representative Felix Walker (about 1820)]
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or bun•combe(ˈbʌŋ kəm)
1. insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
2. insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
[after speech in 16th Congress, 1819–21, by French. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (N.C. county in district he represented)]
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|Noun||1.||bunkum - unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)|
Irish bull, crap, bull - obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"
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bunkum[ˈbʌŋkəm] N → bobadas fpl
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n (inf) → Blödsinn m, → Quatsch m (inf)
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bunkum[ˈbʌŋkəm] n (fam) → scempiaggini fpl
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