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[pawn-broh-king] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kɪŋ/
the business of a pawnbroker.
Also, pawnbrokerage [pawn-broh-ker-ij] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kər ɪdʒ/ (Show IPA), pawnbrokery [pawn-broh-ker-ee] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kər i/ (Show IPA).
Origin of pawnbroking
First recorded in 1805-15; pawnbrok(er) + -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They will go on with their pettifogging and their pawnbroking, and that is enough reward for them.

  • pawnbroking was an important part of a booksellers business.

    Old English Libraries Ernest Savage
  • 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.

  • There was but one window in the little "rickle of brick" which their pawnbroking Jew landlord called a "commodious cottage."

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • pawnbroking establishments were finally authorized by Leo X., who threatened excommunication of those who wrote against them.

  • One of the first buildings that one notices is the Mont de Pit, the chief of the Paris pawnbroking establishments.

    A Wanderer in Paris

    E. V. Lucas
  • Grissy—he's my friend—Grissy says pawnbroking is only a more vulgar form of banking.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • She is the daughter of a second-hand bookseller called Norman, and I believe he combines selling books with pawnbroking.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume

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