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pawnbroking

[pawn-broh-king]
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noun
  1. the business of a pawnbroker.
Also pawn·bro·ker·age [pawn-broh-ker-ij] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kər ɪdʒ/, pawn·bro·ker·y [pawn-broh-ker-ee] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kər i/.

Origin of pawnbroking

First recorded in 1805–15; pawnbrok(er) + -ing1
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Examples from the Web for pawnbroking

Historical Examples

  • They will go on with their pettifogging and their pawnbroking, and that is enough reward for them.

    The Inhabitants of the Philippines

    Frederic H. Sawyer

  • Pawnbroking was an important part of a booksellers business.

  • Later, the Hpital-Gnral was authorized to open the first mont-de-pit, or pawnbroking establishment, in France.

    Paris

    William Walton

  • No details were given, but the police were asked to look out for the watch and chain in pawnbroking establishments and elsewhere.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • Pawnbroking and money-lending on the part of Jews are hedged about by a series of oppressive regulations.