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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. 2017.
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  • Who must be reproved, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

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

    How It All Came Round L. T. Meade
  • "filthy lucre—the root of all evil," muttered Brother Martin.

    The Lady Of Blossholme H. Rider Haggard
  • Let us no longer cheat our consciences by talking of filthy lucre.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • Ministers are enjoined not to be worldly minded, and not to be given to filthy lucre.

  • Must not a lover who can barter away his love for filthy lucre be base indeed?

  • For to accuse Cato of filthy lucre is like upbraiding Hercules with cowardice.

  • He is untrustworthy, and too fond of filthy lucre ever to come to good.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • He had no desire for "filthy lucre," he assured her; he only desired to render his country a great service.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
  • When we talk of sordid gain and filthy lucre, we are generally hypocrites.

    Thackeray Anthony Trollope
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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