To Sham Abraham.
To pretend illness or distress, in order to get off work. (See
Abraham Newland was cashier of the Bank of England, and signed the notes.
I have heard people say Sham Abram you may,
But must not Sham Abraham Newland.
—T. Dibdin or Upton
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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