Meaning of flimflammery in English:


Pronunciation /ˈflɪmˌflam(ə)ri/


mass noun
  • 1 informal Nonsensical or insincere talk or ideas.

    • ‘her denial had a very strong whiff of flimflammery about it’
    • ‘how long can they keep up their war-is-peace flimflammery?’
    • ‘The trick is not be distracted by the stupid claims and just to focus on what's important here; everything else is just flimflammery.’
    • ‘It's the tool I use to measure malarkey—also known as balderdash, hogwash and flimflammery—in politics.’
    • ‘Any attempt to refashion one policy without making it part of the other two is only going to produce a piece of flimflammery.’
    • ‘As the movie's plot gets more embroiled, it becomes less coherent and amusing, climaxing as it does with a massive train derailment, a hostage situation, and a final bit of flimflammery that's truly just nonsensical.’
    • ‘Values and ideologies certainly did play a role in affecting voter decisions, but to label the contest an ‘ideological battleground’ requires downplaying or ignoring the veil of flimflammery and flapdoodle behind which the political parties all too often concealed their ideas.’
    • ‘In the context of her earlier flimflammery on this issue, that's simply not credible.’
    • ‘But what all this flimflammery—as well as the occasional dollop of genuine theatrical invention—obscures is that vast amounts of energy and talent have gone into this production.’
    • ‘Beyond such flimflammery, however, was an adventurous and gripping glimpse of an unseen Italy.’
    • ‘She was the no-nonsense heroine, but in the end, she was susceptible to flimflammery too.’
    • ‘The show—which includes nonsense songs, surreal dance numbers, a visit from a mystery guest, and the staging of a terrible play—takes its energy and much of its shape from an arsenal of genial flimflammery.’
    1. 1.1The use of deception to trick or swindle someone.
      ‘the financial flimflammery of the dot-coms’
      • ‘I'm sure it's just flimflammery designed to humiliate me’
      • ‘Who are all those journalists who've accused the company of flimflammery and carnival barker trickery in their public shows?’
      • ‘Each of them tries their hardest to get one of the opposition sent off through cheating, faking, and as much general flimflammery as they can muster.’
      • ‘I have created a special folder in which I toss notes on short problems with answers that are based on some sort of joke, swindle, misdirection, or other kind of flimflammery.’
      • ‘He stipulates his own flimflammery early on—he who claims to be born to run actually lives now about 10 minutes from his hometown.’
      • ‘He reacted to the admonishment with another lengthy piece, batting back the insinuations of journalistic flimflammery.’
      • ‘A free and democratic society requires a citizenry that can not be easily swayed by statistical flimflammery.’
      • ‘What if ending the taxation of foreign-earned income increases accounting flimflammery?’
      • ‘President Ronald Reagan in 1986 dismissed congressional demands for import tariffs as ‘flimflammery’ and warned against the dangers of protectionism.’
      • ‘‘The Music Man’ is a masterful musical from 1957 about a traveling con-man who, for the first time in a long career of band-themed flimflammery, finally gets his foot caught in an Iowa door.’
      • ‘He also has been tarnished not only by a couple of big budget deficits but by revelations of the fiscal flimflammery he used to cover them up.’