- US carnival slang. Possibly from scamp ("swindler, cheater") (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No wonder its failing, people are realizing what the scam is all about.”
“Do a Google search and type in the name of the opportunity/school/business and then add the word "scam" after it.”
“Presumably this scam is an attempt to tug at the heartstrings of gullible Christians.”
“A key part of this scam is the generally agreed upon principles that investors seek.”
“Green Bay police put out a warning about what it calls a scam some people in the area have lost money on.”
“Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N. Y. had asked for an FTC investigation into what he described as the scam of "robo-dialer harassment.”
“The Republicon (neocon) scam is to downsize Government while declaring it is incompetent because these make it as such, bankruptig We The People as they consolidate all of the power.”
“The only people the GOP is standing up for is the Health Insurance Industry and big business, the amount of money the republicans and a few democrats scam from the industry is disgusting.”
“The scam is pretty transparent in this case, but we thought we'd put it out there as a reminder anyway.”
“Update: I'm surprised at the number of commenters who don't know what this scam is ... basically it's an enticement into advance fee fraud.”
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Legal glossary with special focus on courtroom vocabulary
synonymous with steal.
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Off the straight and narrow; less than straight arrow.
Compare the etymologies of these words as given in the OED with the Gaelic backgrounders in this book, How the Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads (Counterpunch, 2007). Awai...
Words Baldrick might have used instead.
Words associated with grifting and other fraud. Watch your wallet!
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