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sham Abraham

obsolete To feign mental or physical illness or distress, so as to avoid work. Used especially among seamen. "Abraham men" were a class of beggars who would roam the country pretending madness so that strangers might take pity on them and offer them alms. It came to light that the boatswain had shammed Abraham, under the pretenses of consumption or some such wasting illness, so that he might remain at shore and drink up the profits from his previous voyage. He tore off his clothes and raved like a lunatic, but I could tell by the clarity in his eye that he was shamming Abraham to avoid conscription into the local militia.
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sham Abram

obsolete To feign mental or physical illness or distress, so as to avoid work. Used especially among seamen. "Abram men" were a class of beggars who would roam the country pretending madness so that strangers might take pity on them and offer them alms. It came to light that the boatswain had shammed Abram, under the pretenses of consumption or some such wasting illness, so that he might remain at shore and drink up the profits from his previous voyage. He tore off his clothes and raved like a lunatic, but I could tell by the clarity in his eye that he was shamming Abram to avoid conscription into the local militia.
See also: sham

cham

and chammy and sham and shammy (ʃæm(i))
n. champagne. Would you like a little more shammy? I want the biggest bottle of cham you got!

sham

verb
See cham
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Busra Sham is perched on highlands 10 kilometers (6.
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Mr Vine said: "Many register offices refer few, if any, cases of suspected sham marriage to the Home Office, despite the fact that they have a statutory duty to do so.
He under "Gjyl" writes: "Gjyl, to first conquest equiponderant Rahyl, is name a neighborhood in Tabriz and the name of the cemetery is that to name of the neighborhood read and the tomb of Shams Tabrizi is against Alrhmh in cemetery (Tabrizi, 1357, 3: 1776).
Founded in 1958, Pak Sham is one of the oldest expatriate schools in Doha having served hundreds of thousands of students, mostly from Pakistan but also from other countries like Egypt, Algeria, India and Nepal.
NO EMOTION: The Reverend Canon Dr John Magumba, centre, arriving with two unidentified people at Bolton Crown Court, Bolton, before he was jailed for carrying out sham marriages.
We've interrupted 20 sham marriage ceremonies across the North East region and we've arrested 13 people overall.
The possible early warning signs of sham peer review, as discussed below, do not represent an all-inclusive list, and the word possible is used because these warning signs do not necessarily mean sham peer review is imminent.
It is also clear that the system must recognise and respect the parties' human rights, however, it must also provide the checks and balances necessary to act as an effective deterrent to those who intend to participate in a sham marriage.
But despite the absence of Sham 69, Redcar Rocks will run from 11am-11pm on July 9.
In my respectful opinion, the Federal Court of Appeal's decision to tax the sham as opposed to the real underlying situation, while understandable in the circumstances, was both undesirable and inconsistent with existing jurisprudence.
As with both Kew and Paradise, the duvet covers have a button closure, and the sham has an envelope closure.
QUETTA, December 24, 2009 (Balochistan Times): A leading journalist enjoying international fame Mehmood Sham is in town.
They all received both true acupuncture and sham acupuncture sessions on the non-dominant hand in random order.