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- n. A guard of a temple or tomb, especially in Egypt and Palestine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A native Egyptian policeman.
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Over the heads of the Gippy soldiers, with their pipestem legs, his look flashed eagerly, then a little painfully -- then suddenly stayed, for it rested on the green turban of Yusef, the drunken ghaffir.
He saw her also, but he kept his head turned away, taking a cigarette from young Yusef, the drunken ghaffir, as they passed on.
Mahommed Selim lives; or lived last quarter of the moon, so says Yusef the ghaffir.
Before another quarter was added to the moon, Yusef, the drunken ghaffir, at the door of Soada's hut in Beni Souef, told old Fatima the most wonderful tale, how Mahommed Selim had died on his sheepskin, having killed ten Dervishes with his own hand; and that a whole regiment had attended his funeral.
As they reached the outskirts of the village a sorry camel came with a sprawling gallop after them, and swaying and rolling above it was Yusef, the drunken ghaffir, his naboot of dom-wood across his knees.
"Backsheesh!" he said; "my grey Arab for a word with Yusef the ghaffir."
He was in so ill a humour that he would willingly have met his old enemy, Yusef, the drunken ghaffir, and settled their long-standing dispute for ever.
He sent this word to the sergeant by Yusef the drunken ghaffir: "Give me to another sunset and sunrise, and what I have is thine -- three black donkeys of Assiout rented to old Abdullah the sarraf."
a vibrant clack like a pistol-shot, for he saw Yusef, the drunken ghaffir, coming down the road.
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