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gammon 1

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡamən/

noun

[mass noun] British
1Ham which has been cured or smoked like bacon: [as modifier]: gammon steaks
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  • Twelve ounce steaks are available, as are moussaka, deep fried scampi and gammon steaks, as well as a choice of reasonably-priced burgers and kebabs.
  • Half an hour later, I left laden with gammon steaks, beefburgers, bacon, a side of beef, poultry, a bag of aubergines and two dozen eggs - all from local producers.
  • Chicken goujons, sausage rolls and turkey gammon roasts are soon to go the way of spaghetti hoops in Hampshire's school kitchens: they will be kicked off the menu.
1.1 [count noun] The bottom piece of a side of bacon, including a hind leg: a whole gammon on the bone
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  • We take pride in our home dry-cured bacon and gammons.
  • Today, few of us have pans large enough in which to cook a whole gammon, or even an end of gammon on the bone.

Origin

Late 15th century (denoting the haunch of a pig): from Old Northern French gambon, from gambe 'leg'.

Words that rhyme with gammon

Alabaman, Amman, Ammon, Drammen, Mammon, salmon

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gammon 2 Line breaks: gam¦mon
Pronunciation: /ˈɡamən/

noun

A victory in backgammon (carrying a double score) in which the winner removes all their pieces before the loser has removed any.
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  • Earlier we mentioned briefly the possibility of gammons and backgammons, where the winner wins twice or three times the stake.
  • Her probability of winning may still be far below 80%, but if she doubles, Player B will gratefully refuse and concede just a single point, rather than the two he would concede if he lost a gammon.

verb

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Defeat (an opponent) with a gammon.
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  • I now roll a real caffeine-rush, high-velocity 5-5, closing him out, and gammoning him for the match.
  • Players starting with less than 15 checkers in play may still be gammoned or backgammoned.
  • He took down the third game, narrowly, and then I almost gammoned him again on the fourth.

Origin

Mid 18th century: apparently from Old English gamen or gamenian (see game1), with survival of the -n ending.

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gammon 3 Line breaks: gam¦mon
Pronunciation: /ˈɡamən/
informal, dated

noun

Nonsense; rubbish: ‘That’s gammon,’ he said, ‘how much real money did you stump up?’
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  • 'Come, that's gammon, Pink' said Christian.
  • I wonder you will talk such gammon, I do, indeed!

verb

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Hoax or deceive (someone): you’re gammoning me!
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  • Again and again, he 'gammoned' me and nobody was then game to tell me that I was the unknowing victim of deceptions.
  • "He was always telling interviewers about his people," said the author; "but he gammoned them."

Origin

Early 18th century: origin uncertain; the term was first used as criminals' slang in give gammon to 'give cover to a pickpocket' and keep in gammon 'distract a victim for a pickpocket'.

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