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filthy lucre

to lose one's health for the sake of filthy lucre.
Origin of filthy lucre
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Let us no longer cheat our consciences by talking of filthy lucre.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • By being faithless to our most solemn trust, we could keep the filthy lucre.

    How It All Came Round L. T. Meade
  • Must not a lover who can barter away his love for filthy lucre be base indeed?

  • "filthy lucre—the root of all evil," muttered Brother Martin.

    The Lady Of Blossholme H. Rider Haggard
  • He is untrustworthy, and too fond of filthy lucre ever to come to good.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • You are all after the filthy lucre, wantin' to live on other folks.'

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • When we talk of sordid gain and filthy lucre, we are generally hypocrites.


    Anthony Trollope
  • Don't you see that we are going to the devil with our thirst for filthy lucre?


    J. G. Holland
  • For no filthy lucre, you may be sure, but from sheer love of the pursuit itself!

    Pagan Papers Kenneth Grahame
  • Die I may, but I will never consent to degrade my office and turn aside the course of justice for the sake of filthy lucre.

Slang definitions & phrases for filthy lucre

filthy lucre

noun phrase


[1526+; fr the Pauline epistle to Titus]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with filthy lucre

filthy lucre

Money; originally, money obtained dishonestly. For example, She didn't like the job but loved the filthy lucre in the form of her weekly paycheck. This term comes from the Bible (Titus 1:11), where it refers to those who teach wrongly for the sake of money. In time it came to be used loosely, and usually jokingly, for money in general, and in the mid-1900s gave rise to the jocular slang term the filthy for “money.” Although both versions may be dying out, the expressionfilthy rich, for “extremely wealthy,” survives.
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