fullam

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English[edit]

Two dice, both landing high on six.

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Etymology[edit]

From Fulham, a London suburb, which during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I was the most notorious place for blacklegs in all of England. Loaded dice were supposed to have been chiefly made there.

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Noun[edit]

fullam (plural fullam or fullams)

  1. (archaic, Britain, slang) A false die; a die intentionally loaded, or unevenly weighted, so that it always rolls a specific number.
    • 1594, Nashe, Thomas, The Unfortunate Traveller:
      Captaine, you perceiue how neere both of vs are driuen, the dice of late are growen as melancholy as a dog, high men and low men both prosper alike, langrets, fullams, and all the whole fellowshippe of them will not affoord a man his dinner, some other means must be inuented to preuent imminent extremitie.
    • a. 1597, Shakespeare, William, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 1, Scene 3:
      Let vultures gripe thy guts! For gourd and fullam holds / And high and low beguiles the rich and poor.
    • 1599, Jonson, Ben, Every Man out of His Humour, Act 3, Scene 1:
      Who! he serve? 'sblood, he keeps high men, and low-men, he! he has a fair living at Fullam.
  2. (archaic, Britain, colloquial, by extension) A sham; a hoax; a make-believe.

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Hyponyms[edit]

  • (false die): highmen (loaded for high number) (plural), lowmen (loaded for low number) (plural), uphills (loaded for high number) (plural)

References[edit]

  • Farmer, John Stephen (1893) Slang and Its Analogues[1], volume 3, page 83