Abraham man

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  • Possibly an allusion to a story in Luke 16, in which the beggar Lazarus ends up in Abraham's bosom.
  • Possibly from the now-obsolete but then-current phrase to sham Abraham ‎(to feign sickness).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.bɹəˌhæm mæn/, /ˈeɪ.bɹə.həm mæn/


Abraham man ‎(plural Abraham men)

  1. (slang when it was current, now obsolete or historical) One of a set of vagabonds / vagrants who, in the 1700s and 1800s, roamed through England, feigning mental illnesses to obtain alms.