gombeen-man

[ gom-been-man ]
/ gɒmˈbinˌmæn /

noun, plural gom·been-men.Irish English.

a usurer or moneylender.

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Origin of gombeen-man

First recorded in 1880–85

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British Dictionary definitions for gombeen-man

gombeen-man
/ (ˈɡɒmbiːnˌmæn) /

noun

Irish a shopkeeper who practises usury
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