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- 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."
He is a gonif's gonif, and apparently his denial knows no limits.
Nudge the gonif MP for Tatton to prove we are all in this together.
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.
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.
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.
Orbach better not try his shtick at Bike the Drive, the little gonif.
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.
He's a Detroit-born gonif who's lived in the Southwest for years.
Next—what about Mehlman, that gonif, as long as this is pay-up day?