Flam meaning

flăm
A lie or hoax; a deception.
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Nonsense; drivel.
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A drumbeat consisting of two almost simultaneous strokes of which the first is a very rapid grace note.
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A drumbeat made by striking the head of a drum with both drumsticks almost simultaneously.
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A freak or whim.
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A falsehood; a lie; an illusory pretext; deception; delusion.
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(obsolete) To deceive with a falsehood.

God is not to be flammed off with lies. — South.

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Origin of flam

  • Probably of imitative origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Short for flimflam
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 17th century; from flim-flam, itself perhaps from a dialectical word or Scandinavian; compare Old Norse flim (“lampoon, mockery”).
    From Wiktionary