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.
The loans which they make, at an interest of five per cent. or six per cent., are dealing a death-blow at that curse of Irish life -- the gombeen man, whose usury used to mount up to thirty per cent.
Personal indebtedness became almost a thing of the past, and the gombeen man -- one of Ireland's national curses -- was fast fading out of sight.
Why, the village gombeen man has done more than that!
The farmers were at the mercy of the gombeen traders and the agricultural middlemen.