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spiv

 (spĭv)
n. Chiefly British Slang
1. One, usually unemployed, who lives by one's wits.
2. One who shirks work or responsibility; a slacker.

[Dialectal spif, dandified, dandy.]

spiv

(spɪv)
n
slang Brit a person who makes a living by underhand dealings or swindling; black marketeer
[C20: back formation from dialect spiving smart; compare spiffy, spiffing]
ˈspivvy adj

spiv

(spɪv)

n.
Brit. Informal. a petty criminal, esp. a black marketeer, racetrack tout, or petty thief.
[1885–90; back formation from dial. spiving smart; perhaps akin to spiffy]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiv - a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"
Translations

spiv

[spɪv] N (Brit) → chanchullero m, caballero m de industria; (= slacker) → gandul m; (= black marketeer) → estraperlista mf

spiv

[ˈspɪv] n (British)fricoteur m

spiv

n (Brit inf) → schmieriger Typ (inf)

spiv

[spɪv] n (Brit) (fam) → imbroglione m
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This company and the spivs who ran them allowed these small businesses to go to the wall by the actions of certain people.
Without Clem Attlee and his socialists, Margaret Thatcher and all the spivs who followed her would have had nothing to sell.
FACEBOOK, Uber, Netflix, eBay, Apple, Google, Amazon and the rest of the international tech spivs accused of avoiding their fair share in tax are simply an old problem in a new mask.
The Transport Secretary should resign, along with Dodgy Dave and his Eton spivs.
Obviously recession is proving to be a nice little earner for the uppercrust and the banking spivs.
In a variety of 1940s costumes, he will show how eccentric pilots, spivs and WAAFs all did their bit to keep our comedic bit up as Hitler's bombs rained down on Merseyside.
Enraged, 53-year-old Mr Herman invoiced these spivs PS10 for every minute he wasted answering their nuisance calls.
Handing control of public spending back to 'the spivs in London' does not seem to be a commendable idea, more like putting Dracula in charge of the blood transfusion service.
SKITTLES WHITCHURCH & DISTRICT SKITTLES DIVISION Premier League Greenfly Gringos 277, Pontyclun Rugby Club 273; Caerphilly Social Bees 292, Wolfs Castle Rogues 270; Ruperra Rovers 257, Rebels 283; Buffaloes 300, Black Knights 280; Jet Set 268, Llanharan Rugby Club 277; Spivs 326, Windsor B 298.
Again, as with the present deficit, it's those at the bottom having to pay (by way of cuts to their living standards) for the mistakes of those at the top (the spivs, speculators and bankers) as we can now see with the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition, both locally and nationally.
He also argues that the music in juke boxes may have been American but their uses here were English while even the Teddy Boys and Spivs were parts of a tradition dating back decades.
Looking back over the companies that have been forced into collapse, we're not just talking about fly-bynight spivs here.