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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Definitions for pelf

  1. Money; riches; gain; -- generally conveying the idea of something ill-gotten.

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Citations for pelf
. . .a master manipulator who will twist and dodge around the clock to keep the privileges of power and pelf. Nick Cohen, The Observer
She writes about those she might have known first-hand: teenage girls cowering in bunkers . . . friends making promises they can never keep . . . rich folk fattened on wartime pelf, poor folk surviving by wit alone. Harriet P. Gross, Dallas Morning News
Origin of pelf
Pelf comes from Old French pelfre, "booty, stolen goods." It is related to pilfer.