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Sham vs Notch - What's the difference?

sham | notch |

As a proper noun sham

is syria.

As a noun notch is

a v-shaped cut.

As a verb notch is

to cut a notch in (something).




(en adjective)
  • Intended to deceive; false.
  • It was only a sham wedding: they didn't care much for one another but wanted their parents to stop hassling them.
  • counterfeit; unreal
  • * Jowett
  • They scorned the sham independence proffered to them by the Athenians.


    * mock * See also


    * genuine * sincere * real


    (en noun)
  • A fake; an imitation that purports to be genuine.
  • The time-share deal was a sham .
  • Trickery, hoaxing.
  • A con-man must be skilled in the arts of sham and deceit.
  • A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  • A decorative cover for a pillow.
  • Derived terms

    * shamateur

    See also

    * pillow sham


  • To deceive, cheat, lie.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Fooled and shammed into a conviction.
  • To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
  • * L'Estrange
  • We must have a care that we do not sham fallacies upon the world for current reason.
  • To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
  • Anagrams

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  • A V-shaped cut.
  • Such a cut, used for keeping a record
  • ''The notches in that tribe's warrior axe handles stand for killed enemies.
  • An indentation.
  • A mountain pass; a defile
  • (informal) A level or degree.
  • ''This car is a notch better than the other.
  • * 2014 , Daniel Taylor, " World Cup 2014: Uruguay sink England as Suárez makes his mark," guardian.co.uk , 20 June:
  • A better team might also have done more to expose Uruguay’s occasionally brittle defence, but England’s speed of thought and movement in their attacking positions was a good notch or two down from the Italy game.

    Derived terms

    * notch on one's bedpost, notch on the bedpost * notchback * notchboard * top notch


  • To cut a notch in (something).
  • To record (a score or similar) by making notches on something.
  • The tribe's hunters notch their kills by notches on each's axe's handle.
  • To join by means of notches.
  • To achieve (something).
  • The team notched a pair of shutout wins on Sunday.
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  • Derived terms

    * notcher * notchy