from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of ganef.

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  • n. Alternative form of gonoph.

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  • n. (Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse)


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  • By Tuesday, suggestions that had come in included "America's Insured Grifters," and two using "gonif," the Yiddish word for thief, "All American Gonif" and "American Insurance Gonif."

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  • He is a gonif's gonif, and apparently his denial knows no limits.

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  • Nudge the gonif MP for Tatton to prove we are all in this together.

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  • Here is a gonif who preyed on the weaknesses of his own people and stole money not just from the wealthy, but from charitable organizations.

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  • Given our steady media diet of killer mullahs, pedophile priests and sexually-confused gonif evangelists, it's unlikely that a few bent Syrian rabbis gift-wrapping kidneys in Prada handbags are going to awaken the Cossacks for an encore of pogroms.

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  • So I stood by the subway exit and listened to the Writer's Almanac podcast, which serendipitously turned out to include a celebration of the birthday of Batman creator Bob Kane that gonif.

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  • Orbach better not try his shtick at Bike the Drive, the little gonif.

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  • Casino Jack, who previously might have consulted the Talmud to justify his role as a gonif with the Indian Tribes, will have plenty of prison time to read the Talmudic commentaries to discover how he went wrong.

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  • He's a Detroit-born gonif who's lived in the Southwest for years.

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  • Next—what about Mehlman, that gonif, as long as this is pay-up day?

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