from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Representing a loud noise or heavy impact.
  • interj. Representing a sudden or abrupt occurrence.
  • n. ned, bampot.
  • n. A jocular imposition, the same as a humbug.
  • v. (slang, archaic) To impose on (someone) by a falsehood; to cheat.
  • v. To jeer or make fun of.
  • Bare Arse Minimum

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An imposition; a cheat; a hoax.
  • transitive v. To cheat; to wheedle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bam-boozle; cheat; hoax; wheedle.
  • To practise hoaxing or imposition.
  • n. A cheat; a hoax; an imposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ancient city in southeastern Iran; destroyed by an earthquake in 2003
  • n. a sudden very loud noise


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  • I thought that game was only reserved for retirees in Boynton Beach, but my friends are starting early and joining leagues where they scream at the top of their lungs, "bam," "crack," "dragon" and finally "mah jong!"

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  • So, Hasmet (ph) arrives, figuring some sort of chemical spill, starts removing the toxic soil, and "bam" a shovel slams into his shoulder blade.

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  • The eternal lubricant.

    November 24, 2008

  • An ancient city, destroyed 4 years ago.

    November 15, 2007