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sham (verb) pretend
When you sham you pretend, that is, you put on a false appearance. If you sham illness, you pretend to be ill. You look as if you were ill, though you are all right.
- He shammed a headache to avoid being present at the meting. He did not want to attend the meeting, so pretended to be ill.
- Ham was too honest a young man to sham. He could never pretend to be anything other than he really was.