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pimp

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Pronunciation: /pɪmp
 
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Definition of pimp in English:

noun

1A man who controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking a percentage of their earnings in return.
Example sentences
  • She used to drive even prostitutes and their pimps to clients but, as she says, ‘now they have got rich and have their own cars, and do not hire taxis any more’.
  • The reasons include objections from residents and the zones becoming overcrowded, as they can act as a magnet for prostitutes, pimps, clients and drug dealers from other areas.
  • Hanna soon begins to imitate Nana, a prostitute for an abusive pimp, and appropriates Nana's signature line ‘I am responsible.’
Synonyms
go-between;
Frenchsouteneur
British informal ponce
Australian informal hoon
rare pander, panderess, mack, bawd, fancy man
2Australian informal A telltale or informer.
Example sentences
  • But he was put in a cell with two Hollywood labour leader pimps.

verb

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1 [no object] (often as noun pimping) Act as a pimp: vice crimes like drug trafficking and pimping
More example sentences
  • There are enormous differences between the type and numbers of women working in the two cities, and in the patterns of drug use, pimping and off-street trade.
  • The game has players engage in pimping, whoring, selling drugs and committing acts of violence to move around the board.
  • If the album does not sell, the band may be forced into pimping, hustling, and drug dealing.
1.1 [with object] Provide (someone) as a prostitute: Joe pimped her to his customers
More example sentences
  • Governments instead of pimping their people to unscrupulous predators should only encourage companies who commit to raising the quality of life of their citizens.
  • He became seriously addicted to heroin, taking to writing porn and eventually pimping his wife to pay for his habit.
  • She was pimping me out like I was some kind of whore, and there was nothing I could do about it.
1.2 [with object] informal Sell or promote (something) in an extravagant or persistent way: he pimped their debut album to all the staff writers at NME
More example sentences
  • Someone tell me how to pimp my writing overseas!
  • Quiksilver pimps their newest creation, the "Cell" wetsuit.
  • These videos were clips of a recruiter sitting in his office pimping the job with a modest amount of preparation.
2 [with object] informal Make (something) more showy or impressive: he pimped up the car with spoilers and twin-spoke 18-inch alloys
3 [no object] (pimp on) Australian informal Inform on: they’d pimp on you as soon as look at you
More example sentences
  • So a man or woman can seek out a young, attractive woman, and encourage, persuade, and lure her to allow that man or woman to pimp on her life and have the opportunity to make money out of selling her body.
  • They will make sure that if they come across something that has heritage value, it will not be there by the time someone is around to pimp on them.
  • He shouted to the doctor, ‘And how many thousands of dollars did he get in his Swiss bank accounts by pimping on the Palestinian cause?’

Origin

late 16th century: of unknown origin.

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