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- n. A pawnbroker's shop.
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- n. a shop where loans are made with personal property as security
- n. an office where loans are negotiated and repaid
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One contrivance, the brainchild of cashier Tench Francis, was to set up a system of pulleys by which clerks would raise and lower boxes of silver from the loan office to the vault below, a procedure calculated to “dazzle the public eye by the same piece of coin multiplied by a thousand reflectors.”