from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A public office at which loans are made or arranged.
  • n. A pawnshop, or pawnbroker's establishment.


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  • Blaze himself had been taken in for questioning about a loan-office holdup in Saugus, but he hadn't been in on that job and had come across so honestly bewildered that the cops let him go.


  • And Becky Connolly, the loan-office manager, was so worried she could barely sleep at night.

    The Leader In You

  • He had redeemed the things from the loan-office and pawned them with his private banker, as he called him, who gave more for them.

    Jenny: A Novel

  • She brought me word they had no such sum to spare; I said they might mortgage their house in the loan-office.

    Paras. 101-150

  • Failing to raise money directly, recourse was bad to the so-called loan-office certificates.

    Formation of the Union, 1750-1829

  • A loan office was also established in each state, and the people were asked to loan Congress money and receive in return loan-office certificates bearing interest and payable in three years.

    A Brief History of the United States

  • Part of this national debt was represented by bills of credit, loan-office certificates, lottery certificates, and many other sorts of promises to pay, which had become almost worthless.

    A Brief History of the United States

  • It opened a loan office in each state and called on patriotic people to come forward and loan it money, receiving in return pieces of paper called "loan-office certificates."

    A School History of the United States

  • He became a lender of money in several shapes, keeping both a loan-office and a pawnbroker's shop.

    The Unclassed

  • These records show that the account of Samuel Prioleau, required to be settled by the act of January 28, 1795, was settled; that the value of the property destroyed was allowed; that the amount so found due was funded by said Prioleau and entered by his order on the loan-office books of South Carolina, and soon thereafter by him sold and transferred.

    A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 5, part 3: Franklin Pierce


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