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Gombeen Man

(The). A tallyman; a village usurer; a money-lender. The word is of Irish extraction.

“They suppose that the tenants can have no other supply of capital than from the gombeen man.” —Egmont Hake: Free Trade in Capital, p. 375.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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