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building society

noun, British.
Origin of building society
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It's easy enough to buy one in a building society if you're in reg'lar work.'

  • Let's see—it was a building society that you defrauded, wasn't it?

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • This is a building society house, and theres all the mortgage on it that its worth.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • This was awkward, because the first building society instalment would be due before next rent-day—to say nothing of the rates.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • Maybe he was a saint of the first water, and maybe he was a pillar of the church that ran a building society.

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • The labourer has put more money than ever into the savings-bank or the building society.

    Australian Pictures Howard Willoughby
  • It corresponded with a building society Secretary's dream of paradise.

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • Some of her lectures were given with the express object of inducing the people to form a building society.

    Harriet Martineau Florence Fenwick Miller
  • It's the money you let him have to put in that building society.

    The Prude's Progress Jerome K. Jerome
  • In 1884 he lost his savings by the failure of a building society, and a fund was raised for his support.

British Dictionary definitions for building society

building society

a cooperative organization that accepts deposits of money from savers and uses them to make loans, secured by mortgages, to house buyers. Since 1986 they have been empowered to offer banking services
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