Abraham-man
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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