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  • n. Plural form of spiv.


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  • It could only be my beloved SHEEPSHAGGERS, who deranged by the self-destruction of the SHEEP XV last Saturday, subsequently defended themselves against the verbal and physical assaults of assorted 'English chavs' and 'spivs' - following enormous provocation and having received insults against their EWE and their SHEEP HERD - by battering said filth ranged against them.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Business secretary hits out at corporate malpractice and labels bankers "spivs" in his address to the Liberal Democrat conference

    The Guardian World News

  • On shorting, inevitably we've seen plenty of drivel about 'spivs' from politicians wanting their media moment.

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  • (These are the 'spivs' who bet on prices going down.)

    Trading Floor

  • He complained about the effect of these "spivs" on "well capitalised, properly funded" institutions like HBOS, which was yesterday forced into a takeover by Lloyds TSB.

    Telegraph Blogs

  • "spivs" in his address to the Liberal Democrat conference

    The Guardian World News

  • Having inherited a gang of inept racetrack "spivs," Pinky murders the informer and spends the rest of the movie trying to avoid a blowsy middle-aged entertainer, Ida (

  • We fired a warning shot across the bows of Brown, Blair and their Islington spivs by giving Holyrood to the SNP by the slimmest of majorities in 2007.

    Our Labour party needs to find its nerve again | Kevin McKenna

  • The callous tabloid reporters and paparazzi... the slick PR spivs... the glib ad agency operatives -- now self re-branded as "strategic marketing" companies who talk about "maximizing engagement opportunities" and "developing a vertically integrated synergy" -- that is the legacy.

    Martin Lewis: A Big Pile of Murdoch: The Ultimate Legacy of Rupert Merde...

  • To help the spivs see better, as they extract fivers from our wallets?

    Watch Nick Clegg's lips? I'd rather not


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  • "Grooms, spivs and turf officials stroll to and fro; at a kiosk a young lad is shouting "Paris-Turf! Git your Paris-Turf!"; touts offload dubious tips and long columns start forming in front of casinos and gambling halls." Gilbert Adair translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition

    August 11, 2010