Humbug – Something intended to deceive or mislead
The humming bugs (humbug) looked harmless, but it was a plan to deceive people into giving them money.
Examples of humbug in a sentence
The magician managed to humbug people regularly because they didn't know his tricks.
The carer was described as a humbug after deceiving the elderly residents of the care home.
The circus was all humbug and hype, the acts were fake and the prices were high.