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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also flimflam, 1530s, a contemptuous echoic construction, perhaps connected to some unrecorded dialectal word from Scandinavian (compare Old Norse flim "a lampoon"). From 1650s as a verb. Related: Flim-flammer.


n. 1 Misinformation; bunkum; false information presented as true. 2 confidence game, con game 3 (context archaic English) table tennis


Flim-flam may refer to:

  • Confidence trick, a fraud scheme
  • Flim-Flam!, a book by James Randi
  • Flim Flam, a character from Scooby-Doo
  • Flim Flam (horse) a Hanoverian gelding

Usage examples of "flim-flam".

A practical man, our captain, Findhorn thought, not given to expressions of good luck or similar flim-flam.

Jasper Billington Innes, thought Moggie Reilly, as he headed, undressing, for the shower, was one of the last people he'd have expected to aim to win by flim-flam.

But if I take your word you weren't flim-flamming me about some pals who only wanted to know how you were doing with the sucker, let's try and slice it a couple of other ways.