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flimflam

(ˈflɪmflæm)
1. n. a confidence trick or deception. The whole business sounds like a bit of flimflam to me.
2. n. nonsense; deception. Beware of the flimflam they will try to pull on you.
3. tv. & in. to cheat or deceive (someone). Don’t try to flimflam me. I wasn’t born yesterday, you know.

flimflam artist

n. someone who practices confidence tricks or deceptions on someone else. I don’t trust that flimflam artist at all.
See also: artist, flimflam

flimflam artist

A swindler. Flimflam artist indulged in confidence games in which the victim is persuaded to buy worthless property. These crooks go after bigger game than street hustlers, card sharps, or bait and switchers do because of the time and preparation that their scams require. “Flimflam” has been traced back to a Scandinavian word, although folk etymology has come up with a connection to an early 20th-century New York City law firm of dubious reputation, Flam & Flam.
See also: artist, flimflam
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The classic fictional portrait of the flimflam man as an American type is, of course, Herman Melville's 1854 novel The Confidence Man.
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It is difficult to believe any reasonably intelligent person would believe this flimflam, but it happens.
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Grofimenko marvels that the Nobel Peace Prize went to "the greatest flimflam man of all time," Mikhail Gorbachev, while Western intellectuals ignore Reagan--who, he says, "was tackling world gangsters of the first order of magnitude.
MEET Roy (Nicolas Cage) and Frank, (Sam Rockwell) they're matchstick men, flimflam men, grifters, or as Roy likes to be known, con artistes.
The administration's use of the Fund generated controversy over the summer when it appeared the White House was using the project to woo African-American voters and support vulnerable Republican candidates in the 2002 elections (see "Faith-Based Flimflam," October 2002 Church & State).
Moreover, it is socially demoralizing to find that your community is the latest victim of an Enron-style flimflam.
Ratliff quietly casts shame upon the walking dead of Trinity by allowing for gray area and trusting that his audience is keen enough to know a flimflam when it sees one.
So I am sympathetic to serious paranormal researchers who wish to distance themselves from the telephone psychics, Hollywood astrologers, and other flimflam artists who would not know the difference betwe en a cold reading and a warm reading, even while applying them in their trade, just as I appreciate the acknowledgment that most of the time we do try to apply Spinoza's dictum, even though not always achieving that goal.
Actually, there are adaptors that can help you get past this type of flimflam, but one quickly gets the idea that DVD is above all about buying lots of new stuff having not much to do with appreciating movies.
Rhetoric's reduction to flimflam, like education's reduction to basic skills, is evidence of this neglect of ethics, but this need not be the case.