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  • v. Present participle of humbug.


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  • So long as we were in these latitudes, we had but little rest in our watch on deck at night, for, as the winds were light and variable, and we could not lose a breath, we were all the watch bracing the yards, and taking in and making sail, and "humbugging" with our flying kites.

    Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative

  • He had thought at first that the prince was "humbugging" him; but on looking at his face he saw that he was absolutely serious, and had no thought of any deception.

    The Idiot

  • Kister in the goodness of his heart did not give in even then; perhaps, thought he, Avdey is in a bad temper and is 'humbugging' from old habit ... he has not yet found a new language to express new feelings.

    The Jew and Other Stories

  • His blacking was really a superior article, and well worth the price charged for it, but he was "humbugging" the public by this queer way of arresting attention.

    The Humbugs of the World An Account of Humbugs, Delusions, Impositions, Quackeries, Deceits and Deceivers Generally, in All Ages

  • With all Randal Leslie's profound diplomacy, all his art in talking over, deceiving, and (to borrow Dick Avenel's vernacular phrase) "humbugging" educated men, his eloquence fell flat upon minds invulnerable to appeals, whether to State or to Church, to Reform or to Freedom.

    My Novel — Volume 12

  • There is none, or little, of the 'humbugging', the violence towards women and children, because the men have SELF-RESPECT. - Comments

  • If this thing had been kept to a VOLUNTARY basis, the Racial Discrimination Act NOT interfered with, I doubt that too many could have objected, other than the mostly men, but not exclusively so, who are 'humbugging' the women who were getting the income un-split. - Comments

  • "humbugging" sort of a place as the rest of Europe; and, indeed, that the whole world was subject to the identical changes of shower, fog, and sunshine.

    A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden 2nd edition

  • "humbugging" about guano, is in neglecting to profit by its use.

    Guano A Treatise of Practical Information for Farmers

  • "I've heard him talked of as a Charley Tann, which I tek to be a kind of humbugging pretender, but 'twas plain to see for a man with a soul behind his wescut as the man was wore to a shadow with his feeling for his music.

    Aunt Rachel


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