- n something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
- n a person who makes deceitful pretenses
- v make a pretence of
- v make believe with the intent to deceive
He shammed a headache
- s adopted in order to deceive
- Instead, the government men forced villagers to participate in a constitutional referendum that critics have labeled a sham dedicated to legitimizing the military's grip on power.
- SENATOR JOHN McCAIN: Well, we lead; we condemn the sham, corrupt election.
- The sham company that received it, "Educational Funding Services" of Los Angeles, gave as its address a mail drop a few blocks from Scientology's headquarters.
- President Bush in BBC News
I care deeply about the people of Zimbabwe, I am extremely disappointed in the elections which I labelled a sham election,Mr Bush said.
- John McCain in New York Times
He should speak out that this is a corrupt, flawed sham of an election,Mr. McCain said in an interview Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show. "The Iranian people have been deprived of their rights."