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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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References in classic literature ?
But you're as likely as any to be mistook on a flimflam game, such as these loafers is putting up.
Nitsky on damages--contributory negligence, or fellow-servant-something-or-other flimflam. That's what the courts handed her.
The current exposures of corporate flimflams threaten a crisis of confidence in the market partly because the firms involved were so large, but partly also because the pool of those who were able to protect themselves is so tiny.