Notes: I knew of “compunction”, but not this word
The word four-flusher means “a pretender, bluffer, or fraudster”
This word started to be used in the early 1900s
Background / Comments
The word comes from poker. A “flush” is five cards of the same suit. Someone who has four cards of the same suit has a four-flush, but it is a worthless (almost? – I’m not a poker player) hand. A player who pretends to have a full flush when he only has four of the needed cards is a “four-flusher”, and thus the meaning.