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  • n  a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time

  • But the spiv aggressively jollies her out of her objections.
  • Basil Seal, the aristocratic hero-spiv who, in the guise of a billeting officer, deploys an atrocious tribe of refugee brats named Connolly to terrorize and blackmail the decent .
  • He was obviously drawn to Rimbaud as a fin-de-sicle spiv, and Silver plays him that way.
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  • Out and About: Weekend Picks
    This weekend: Party at National Geographic, ride the Soap Box Derby, and get spun by Spiv. [ more › ]
    June 14, 2013 - DCist

  • Morris Iemma in Sydney Morning Herald
    Premier Morris Iemma said Mr Debnam was "a gutless, spineless spiv from Vaucluse" and had failed to produce evidence that Mr Debus was under investigation.
  • David Penberthy in New Zealand Herald
    Penberthy described Markson as "Australia's pre-eminent spiv" and "the moral equivalent of a hedge-fund trader", observing: "It doesn't matter whether a celebrity's stocks are going up or down, just as long as he's in on the deal."
  • Andy Kerr in Sunday Herald
    Andy Kerr, Labour's Holyrood finance spokesman, said: "Clearly Mr Salmond is selling Scotland short by putting, in his own words, a spiv' in charge of Scotland's economic future. It is simply ludicrous for the first minister to attack short selling...

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