|'Scam' means what?
Apropos the front page news item "police smash fake Dollars scam" (Daily News 31/7). I dont find the word "scam" in the Websters Concise Oxford and Longmans dictionaries. Is it "scamp" which would mean in verb do (word etc.) perfunctorily or inadequately and "rogue" in noun? Or is it "scum" meaning "impurities that rise to surface"?
Will any reader enlighten me on the meaning of the word "scam"?
Scam (slang) means scheme for making money by dishonest means. It can also be used as a transitive verb to mean trick (somebody) (mid-20th century. Origin unknown) This word is found in modern dictionaries such as encarta (web).
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