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flim·flam

 (flĭm′flăm′) Informal
n.
1. Nonsense; humbug.
2. A deception; a swindle.
tr.v. flim·flammed, flim·flam·ming, flim·flams
To swindle; cheat.

[Probably of Scandinavian origin.]

flim′flam′mer n.
flim′flam′mer·y n.
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flimflam

(ˈflɪmˌflæm)
n
1.
a. nonsense; foolishness
b. (as modifier): flimflam arguments.
2. a deception; swindle
vb, -flams, -flamming or -flammed
(tr) US to deceive; trick; swindle; cheat
[C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse flīm mockery, Norwegian flire to giggle]
ˈflimˌflammer n
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flim•flam

(ˈflɪmˌflæm)

n., v. -flammed, -flam•ming. Informal. n.
1. a trick or deception, esp. a swindle.
2. a piece of nonsense; twaddle.
v.t.
3. to deceive, trick, or swindle.
[1530–40; gradational compound of uncertain orig.]
flim′flam`mer, n.
flim′flam`mer•y, n.
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flimflam


Past participle: flimflammed
Gerund: flimflamming

Imperative
flimflam
flimflam
Present
I flimflam
you flimflam
he/she/it flimflams
we flimflam
you flimflam
they flimflam
Preterite
I flimflammed
you flimflammed
he/she/it flimflammed
we flimflammed
you flimflammed
they flimflammed
Present Continuous
I am flimflamming
you are flimflamming
he/she/it is flimflamming
we are flimflamming
you are flimflamming
they are flimflamming
Present Perfect
I have flimflammed
you have flimflammed
he/she/it has flimflammed
we have flimflammed
you have flimflammed
they have flimflammed
Past Continuous
I was flimflamming
you were flimflamming
he/she/it was flimflamming
we were flimflamming
you were flimflamming
they were flimflamming
Past Perfect
I had flimflammed
you had flimflammed
he/she/it had flimflammed
we had flimflammed
you had flimflammed
they had flimflammed
Future
I will flimflam
you will flimflam
he/she/it will flimflam
we will flimflam
you will flimflam
they will flimflam
Future Perfect
I will have flimflammed
you will have flimflammed
he/she/it will have flimflammed
we will have flimflammed
you will have flimflammed
they will have flimflammed
Future Continuous
I will be flimflamming
you will be flimflamming
he/she/it will be flimflamming
we will be flimflamming
you will be flimflamming
they will be flimflamming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flimflamming
you have been flimflamming
he/she/it has been flimflamming
we have been flimflamming
you have been flimflamming
they have been flimflamming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flimflamming
you will have been flimflamming
he/she/it will have been flimflamming
we will have been flimflamming
you will have been flimflamming
they will have been flimflamming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flimflamming
you had been flimflamming
he/she/it had been flimflamming
we had been flimflamming
you had been flimflamming
they had been flimflamming
Conditional
I would flimflam
you would flimflam
he/she/it would flimflam
we would flimflam
you would flimflam
they would flimflam
Past Conditional
I would have flimflammed
you would have flimflammed
he/she/it would have flimflammed
we would have flimflammed
you would have flimflammed
they would have flimflammed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flimflam - a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
sting operation - a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
swindle, cheat, rig - the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud"
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flimflam

noun
Informal. An act of cheating:
Slang: gyp.
verb
Informal. To get money or something else from by deceitful trickery:
Informal: chisel, take, trim.
Slang: diddle, do, gyp, stick, sting.
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Translations

flimflam

n (inf: = rubbish) → Blödsinn m; (= lies)Schwindel m
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