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Rachmanism

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Pronunciation: /ˈrakmənɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of Rachmanism in English:

noun

[mass noun] British
The exploitation and intimidation of tenants by unscrupulous landlords.
Example sentences
  • Their housing policies mean that the provision of another yet basic human necessity is made entirely conditional upon the profit motive, encouraging the conditions for a new Rachmanism.

Origin

named after Peter Rachman (1919–62), a London landlord whose practices became notorious in the early 1960s.

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