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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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  • For those Mooseketeers who are not fluent in Yiddish, "goniff" means a dishonest person.

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  • "That goniff who should be doing time, chopping rocks, making license plates, somehow slipped out of his apartment confinement and he's treating himself to a shore dinner."

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  • They used Yiddish words such as tineff for ` shoddy goods, 'goniff for ` thief,' mumser for an ` unpleasant person '(usually the head merchandise buyer), zu viel gelt for ` too much money,' schlock for

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  • To blow through $130 million campaign dollars while pocketing over 3% of that (Penn's cut plus God-only-knows what Wolfson's getting — it ain't chicken feed.) and losing 11 straight contests in crunch time, is to scream from the rooftops “I am ... a goniff — and don't particularly give a rat's ass what you think of me or how I handle things — just as long as I get “my cut”.

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  • I'd rather you didn't hear me negotiating for money with this goniff, since it might tarnish the bright image you have of me as a sweet and demure person. "

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