from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Irish Usury.
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- n. Usury.
- n. A moneylender during the Great Famine.
- n. A mean, underhanded, corrupt person. Usually applied to politicians.
- adj. Corrupt, underhanded.
Whatever the medics and gombeen men would have you believe cannabis, whiskey and wine are psychologically and physically addictive.
I would really love to hear some topical radio shows about Parnell and Robert Emmet and people like that rather than the gombeen gobshites we have to hear about every day these days.
Kerry let me remind you is the former constituency of Dick Spring, former leader of the Labour Party and the current constituency of former IRA commander Martin Ferris TD, a man who was once caught red-handed shipping a cargo Libyan supplied arms and the home of gombeen Jackie Healey-Rae, a man who would make a St. Patrick's Day leprauchan blush with shame at his shameless stage Oirish paddywackery.
For now, 26 county gombeen Freestatism is the name of the game.
There's plenty that can be said against gombeen politics - but a situation where people prioritise local needs is completely dependent on its existence.
And it was scarcely to be supposed the poet of the Roisín Dubh had in mind the coming of a shoneen talking-house, a gombeen legislature scrounged and cadged for by whiskey-swilling fixers in the imperial Parliament across the sea.
I am told that the gombeen man actually puts on cent. per cent. for this failure of redemption; but, on my principle of believing only a percentage of all I hear, and of taking a liberal discount off all I see, I doubt this enormity.
This poor innocent was charging just 60 per cent., but his terms were lavishly liberal as compared with those of the gombeen man.
Often he has little or nothing himself, but acts after the Irish fashion as deputy gombeen man for the pleasure of the thing, and also for a commission well and duly paid.
This enormous rate of interest, however, is now only exacted on the very smallest loans, for the old-fashioned gombeen man has lost his customers for larger sums.