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Meaning of murphy

mur•phy

Pronunciation: (mûr'fē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -phies, -phied, -phy•ing.
—n.
  1. an Irish or white potato.
  2. any of various confidence games in which a victim is left with a sealed envelope supposedly containing money, but which contains only newspaper or scrap paper cut to the same size as paper money.
—v.t.
  1. to victimize or dupe in such a manner.

Mur•phy

Pronunciation: (mûr'fē), [key]
— n.
  1. 1890–1949, U.S. statesman and jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1940–49.
  2. 1861–96, U.S. thoroughbred racehorse jockey.
  3. born 1892, U.S. physician: Nobel prize for medicine 1934.
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