filthy lucre


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fil′thy lu′cre


n.
Facetious. money, as contrasted with nonmaterialistic rewards.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.filthy lucre - shameful profit; "he would sell his soul for filthy lucre"
net income, net profit, profit, profits, earnings, lucre, net - the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
References in classic literature ?
She was in pursuit of fame, not filthy lucre, and her literary dreams were as yet untainted by mercenary considerations.
Then she tried a child's story, which she could easily have disposed of if she had not been mercenary enough to demand filthy lucre for it.
Sometimes, moreover, he made personal application to individuals, holding out his small black palm, and otherwise plainly signifying his excessive desire for whatever filthy lucre might happen to be in anybody's pocket.
said the yeoman, losing patience; ``an thou dost go on to put thy filthy lucre in the balance with thy daughter's life and honour, by Heaven, I will strip thee of every maravedi thou hast in the world, before three days are out
However, the title track here strikes out at a modern world obsessed with filthy lucre.
She may be rolling in the filthy lucre - but Ellie Goulding is at the centre of a rather embarrassing row over an unaccounted for frock.
We're now on the third series of her hit drama The Syndicate (BBC1) and each time it turns out exactly the same - there's a longed-for windfall of filthy lucre and everyone concerned finds their world going to hell in a hand cart.
Endless talk about filthy lucre, the budget deficit and national debt, and an almost daily bribe from at least one of the parties has left me depressed and often in despair.
PICK up a wodge of PS50 "notes" for just 59p - but don't try spending the filthy lucre as they're just printed napkins from Home Bargains.
a look PICK up a wodge of PS50 "notes" for just 59p - but don't try spending the filthy lucre as they're just printed napkins from Home Bargains.
While there is more to Glen than the Pistols, he knows he will never outlive his time in the band - which also spans their Filthy Lucre reunion in 1996 - hence the title of his debut Edinburgh festival show, I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol, also the title of his biography.
The whole ghastly parking issue is a bleak metaphor for a world which knows the price of every-ything and the value of nothing, a society where filthy lucre rules at the expense of old-fashioned concepts like courtesy and consideration for others.