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Humbuggery

Barnum, P. T.
(1810–1891) circus owner whose sideshows were sometimes fraudulent; wrote Humbugs of the World. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 234]
Bilko, Sergeant
bunco artist extraordinaire. [TV: “You’ll Never Get Rich” in Terrace II, 452–453]
Face
cunning butler, sets up scam in master’s absence. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
Mandeville
supposed author of an exaggerated travelogue. [Br. Lit.: Voyage of Sir John Mandeville, Harvey, 511]
Subtle
charlatan, posing as alchemist, bilks hapless victims. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
Wizard of Oz
false wizard takes up residence in Emerald City. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
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Mairede Thomas treats us to a further measure of humbug. Another one of the Brexiteers' clarion calls repeatedly referred to is their claim that we must "take back control of our English laws, regulations, conventions etc".
She only decided to get checked out after five-year-old Humbug sprang into action - and she screamed out in pain.
"I got out of my car and there Humbug was, behind the bin.
Synopsis: A delightful homage to British mysteries, Victorian London, and Charles Dickens, "The Humbug Murders: An Ebenezer Scrooge Mystery" is a simply wonderful treat for all mystery buffs.
(My most recent book is Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman--a master of comic humbug Hillman surely enjoyed.) Thank you very much for printing this letter and spreading the word.
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albums spot Nightmare Humbug It "It was a decision we made with with his the new album to get a sturdy foundation of songs together, and something I tried to do last summer.
The Monkeys have turned from the darker Humbug, their last studio album, to a more songled, pop sound on Suck It, out in June.
I refer to your disgruntled respondent Paul Hemming who said Bah Humbug to Christmas.
The ever popular tale of the Christmas character with the "bah humbug" catchphrase is also taking to the stage on Teesside from Tuesday when Middlesbrough Youth Theatre bring their adaptation of Scrooge into the limelight.
Her wartime classic, We'll Meet Again, was pipped to top spot by the Arctic Monkeys' Humbug.