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  • n. The business of a pawnbroker; advancing loans against pledges of household goods or personal possessions, and selling those pledges that are not redeemed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The business of a pawnbroker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The business of a pawnbroker.


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  • "Banks have been stricter over the last several years and have tightened lending criteria, which has created more demand for alternative forms such as pawnbroking," said Des Milligan, chief executive of the U.K.

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  • Now "chests" are created, a kind of pawnbroking institution for the benefit of scholars; now a college is created like

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  • This meant, however, that over the centuries pawnbroking and lending devolved upon Jews and on a class of disreputable Christians, mainly Lombards.


  • The OFT rejected price controls for pawnbroking, payday loans, home credit and rent-to-buy credit, on the basis that suppliers might recover income lost through price controls by introducing or increasing charges for late payment and default.

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  • And, lawks, wasn't that Katherine Jenkins frozen alive in an upright tomb – victim of Sardick's nefarious pawnbroking empire, where loans to poor families were exchanged for a beloved human captive?

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  • Despite all rival claims, pawnbroking is still the oldest profession.

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  • TUCHMAN: New York City's diamond district, a pawnbroking business is particularly hot.

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  •'s online approach makes pawnbroking more accessible than ever.

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  • The economic climate in tandem with its unique approach means that 75% of's clients are completely new to pawnbroking.

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  • In the first place, there is a woman of the name of Tourtera, a broker, who supported the widow in her peddling, insignificant concern of pawnbroking, and who has been five times in the hospital in consequence of the scandalous impurities of her life; which can be proved with the utmost ease.

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