flimflam

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a flimflam artist

Someone who acts deceptively and tries to trick people. The word "flimflam" is thought to be of Scandinavian origin. I suspect those guys are flimflam artists, that's why they want so much money up front.
See also: artist, flimflam

flimflam

1. verb To deceive, mislead, or trick someone. The word is thought to be of Scandinavian origin. I wish I'd realized that guy was flimflamming me before I gave him the last of my money.
2. noun A trick, fraud, or deception. I suspect those guys are running an elaborate flimflam, that's why they want so much money up front.
3. noun Nonsense or foolishness. Don't listen to that guy—everything he says is flimflam.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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