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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scam mean? 

SCAM (noun)
  The noun SCAM has 1 sense:

1. a fraudulent business scheme

  Familiarity information: SCAM used as a noun is very rare.

SCAM (verb)
  The verb SCAM has 1 sense:

1. deprive of by deceit

  Familiarity information: SCAM used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SCAM (noun)

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A fraudulent business scheme

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


cozenage; scam

Hypernyms ("scam" is a kind of...):

cheat; rig; swindle (the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme)

SCAM (verb)

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Deprive of by deceit

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


swindle; scam; rook; nobble; mulct; hornswoggle; gyp; goldbrick; gip; diddle; defraud; con; bunco; short-change; victimize

Context examples:

He swindled me out of my inheritance / She defrauded the customers who trusted her / the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change

Hypernyms (to "scam" is one way to...):

cheat; chisel; rip off (deprive somebody of something by deceit)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "scam"):

short; short-change (cheat someone by not returning him enough money)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP

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