Friday, October 23, 2009


Definition: (from
1. a trick or deception, especially a swindle or confidence game involving skillful persuasion or clever manipulation of the victim
2. a piece of nonsense; twaddle; bosh
-verb (used with object)
3. to trick, deceive, swindle, or cheat

"The scam artist flimflammed me into paying full price for a fake diamond bracelet."
"Instead of using the traditional 'trick or treat' greeting this Halloween, amaze your friends with your intelligence by saying, 'flimflam or treat!'"

Origin: (from
"1530s, a contemptuous echoic construction, perhaps connected to some unrecorded dialectal word from Scandinavian (cf. Old Norse flim 'a lampoon'). From 1650s as a verb."

Awkwardness rating: 7

I would never flimflam you. These are all genuine diamonds! (

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