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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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Similar to many working-class neighbourhoods, Ain Shams was a rich electoral district for the Muslim Brotherhood before and after the 25 January Revolution.
Shams is the first range of PV inverters which complies with the local content regulations.
Al-Shibl, and Hofmann, informed that the Shams PV inverter production line can produce up to 2,000units or 1GW per year.
Milani says he found evidence that Shams might not have paid the architects who designed the Pearl Palace what they were owed and that she might have left Iran with as much as $700 million in tow.
Maybe Shams can do good in prison and teach her mates a thing or two about dancing
One can reach Jabal Shams by going to the Wilayat of Al Hamra, then turn off the road to the dam (Wadi Ghoul), passing by the climbing road of the mountain in a zigzag path, which provides a view to some of the attractions at the bottom of the mountain.
The US$600 million Shams 1 concentrated solar plant, the largest renewable energy project in the Middle East, opened in March 2013 and is a partnership between Masdar, Total and Abengoa.
Abdulaziz Al Obaidli, the process engineer at Shams Power, also give a presentation about Shams 1, a 100MW power plant located outside the city of Madinat Zayed, 170 miles southwest of Abu Dhabi.
When asked about the snowfall, the official said that the temperature in Jabal Shams, Jabal Surat and Jabal Al Akhdar, is expected to go down further in the next few days.
The inauguration of Shams 1 is a major milestone in our country's economic diversification and a step toward long-term energy security.
The company claims that Shams 1 will displace 175,000 tons of C[O.
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).
Shams 1, the largest concentrated solar power plant in operation in the world and located in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi in
Shams 1, described as the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation in the world, was officially inaugurated yesterday by the UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
org/en/library/info/AFR54/028/2012/en July 3 2012 An activist from Sudan's youth movement Girifna, Rashida Shams al-Din, was arrested in the early morning of 24 June by security forces.