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Jan 5, 2023
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with Anu Garg

spiv

PRONUNCIATION:
(spiv)

MEANING:
noun: An unscrupulous person or a petty criminal, especially one who is sharply dressed.
verb intr.: To make a living unscrupulously.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of obscure origin, perhaps from spiff/spiffy (smartly dressed). Earliest documented use: 1929.

USAGE:
“She attracts spivs, conmen, and losers like iron filings to a magnet.”
Sheila Riley; The Mersey Orphan; Boldwood Books; 2019.

See more usage examples of spiv in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. -Umberto Eco, philosopher and novelist (5 Jan 1932-2016)

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