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: The husband and wife were ''smurfs,'' a type of drug-money launderer. A husband-and-wife smurfing team will travel from bank to bank, posing as strangers


: To avoid being reported by banks, criminals often make numerous deposits of slightly less than $10,000, a practice known as smurfing (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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/smerf/ (From the news:soc.motss Usenet newsgroup, after some obnoxiously gooey cartoon characters) A newsgroup regular with a habitual style that is irreverent, silly, and cute. Like many other hackish terms for people, this one may be praise or insult depending on who uses it. In general, being referred to as a smurf is probably not going to make your day unless you've previously adopted the label yourself in a spirit of irony.
Compare old fart.
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