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Bites and Bams

Hoaxes and quizzes; humbugery.

“[His] humble efforts at jocularity were chiefly confined to ... bites and bams.” —Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering, chap. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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