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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.
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sham marriage

A legal marriage that happens primarily or solely for practical purposes, rather than love. Any couple suspected of entering into a sham marriage to bypass the need for work permits may be investigated and have their marriage license revoked at any time. Back when homosexuality was illegal, many gay men and women entered into sham marriages to protect them from public scrutiny.
See also: marriage, sham

cham

A shortening of "champagne." A: "Can I get another glass of this cham? It's delicious!" B: "Yeah, and it's also $200 a bottle!"

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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"This means that a significant number of sham marriages may be going undetected.
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).
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This court finds that genuine fact issues remain as to whether the P policies were substantive shams as a matter of law.
The IRS denied IES's foreign tax credits for the withholding tax, as well as the capital losses, arguing the transaction was a sham. It said IES had purchased only the rights to the net dividends.
After the dolphins repeatedly viewed reflections of the real ink marks, the researchers repeated the sham marking.
Whether a transaction is a sham is primarily a factual analysis; the taxpayer bears the burden of proof.
Five months later, to double-check the unusual result, the researchers gave all five of the previously protected monkeys booster shots of their respective vaccines, whether real or sham. One of the two sham-boosted monkeys again fended off SIV infection, as did two of the three monkeys receiving the real booster.
Muscat: The cooler weather and hiking trails make Jabal Shams an attractive destination for those in Oman who want to escape the high summer temperatures.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, attended the community open day of Sharjah Media City (Shams), organized by Shams in the presence of a number of licensed companies, senior officials of government authorities and agencies in Sharjah and a group of local and media representatives.
TIMERGARA -- The Qamar's family in Lower Dir is observing the 10th death anniversary of its head, the Late Shams ul Qamar here on Monday (today) who died of the cardiac arrest exactly on polls' day on Feb, 18, 2008.
Mojtaba Shams, 46, of Hale Lane,Edgware, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday (December 7) for ABH, wounding with intent, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article and threatening another with a knife.
Ms Hussain talked about the first encounter between Rumi and Shams. She said Maulana Rumi was sitting near a pool and teaching some students when the two first met.