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fortune hunter

noun
1.
a person who hopes to prosper, especially through marriage to someone of wealth.
Origin of fortune hunter
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90
Related forms
fortune-hunting, adjective, noun
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  • But she was not going to have it said that she was a fortune hunter.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • It proves that you are a fortune hunter of the lowest and most contemptible sort.

    Dick Merriwell Abroad

    Burt L. Standish
  • The man might be a fortune hunter, he might be most anything!

    The Ranch Girls in Europe Margaret Vandercook
  • You were a spoiled, capricious beauty when I met with you, and I, merely a fortune hunter.

    Clemence Retta Babcock
  • The fortune hunter has discovered that he is on a false scent.

    For Woman's Love

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • My imagination could read the title "fortune hunter" as though it were embroidered on his coat-tails.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • In that case, sir, you must not be surprised to find yourself regarded by the young lady's father as a fortune hunter.

    You Never Can Tell George Bernard Shaw
  • She was poor; she had nothing then to tempt a fortune hunter, and thank Heaven I can say I was never that.

    The Imaginary Marriage Henry St. John Cooper
  • She herself had once called Varick a fortune hunter; to think how the tables had now been turned on her.

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Maximilian Foster
  • If you are jealous, I can forgive it a little bit, but it is low down to call a woman a fortune hunter.

    The Girl From His Town Marie Van Vorst

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