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filthy lucre Syllabification: filth·y lu·cre

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of filthy lucre in English:


Money, especially when gained in a dishonest or dishonorable way.
Example sentences
  • So what about those things we didn't cover - like money, the filthy lucre!
  • That's an awful lot of money and while filthy lucre alone doesn't make a golf tournament, it doesn't do any harm!
  • And there's no sign anywhere of a lull in the crime wave, as British producers, smelling filthy lucre, are courting and flattering ex-cons by the dozen.


Early 16th century: with biblical allusion to Tit. 1:11.

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