To sham Abraham
Abraham-man A"bra*ham-man`or Abram-man A"bram-man`, n. [Possibly in allusion to the parable of the beggar Lazarus in Luke xvi. --Murray (New Eng. Dict. ).] One of a set of vagabonds who formerly roamed through England, feigning lunacy for the sake of obtaining alms. --Nares. [1913 Webster]

{To sham Abraham}, to feign sickness. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]


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  • To sham Abraham — Sham Sham, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shamming}.] 1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses. [1913 Webster] Fooled and shammed into a conviction. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtrude by fraud or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To sham Abram — Sham Sham, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shamming}.] 1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses. [1913 Webster] Fooled and shammed into a conviction. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtrude by fraud or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sham abraham — phrasal Usage: usually capitalized A Etymology: Abraham, Biblical patriarch of the Jews; prob. fr. the use of the term abraham man to denote a beggar feigning lunacy : to feign sickness : malinger * * * sham Abraham To feign sickness • • • Main… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sham — Sham, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shamming}.] 1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses. [1913 Webster] Fooled and shammed into a conviction. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtrude by fraud or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abraham-man — A bra*ham man or Abram man A bram man , n. [Possibly in allusion to the parable of the beggar Lazarus in Luke xvi. Murray (New Eng. Dict. ).] One of a set of vagabonds who formerly roamed through England, feigning lunacy for the sake of obtaining …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abraham-man — Also abram man. One of a class of beggars who once wandered over England after the dissolution of the religious houses in the 16th century, pretending lunacy for the sake of obtaining alms. To sham Abraham (or sham Abram) now means to feign… …   Medical dictionary

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