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One that lends money at interest in exchange for personal property deposited as security.

pawn′bro′king n.
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The mother of this lady had been a servant to my grand-mother; and, having inherited a vast fortune from her father, which he had got by pawnbroking, was married to a gentleman of great estate and fashion.
However, compared to places like the USA, the pawnbroking market here is still drastically under-served.
Its core pawnbroking business saw record lending levels, although H&T denies this is a result of the economic hard times, saying trade was boosted by 11 store openings in the period.
The boom in the gold trade, coupled with a rise in the number of their pawnbroking outlets, drove pre-tax profits for H&T to pounds 14.
A&B said its pawnbroking income was boosted 29 per cent by the additional shops and a rise in the gold price and it accounted for just over half of the group's total income.
The other 11 continue to operate in areas such as pawnbroking or debt collection.
MIDDLESBROUGH pawnbroking firm Ramsdens has has become the first tenant of a new office redevelopment in central Middlesbrough.
H&T, which has 174 shops plus 55 stores which buy gold, last month announced good trading in the first half of the year, with its pawnbroking arm thriving.
m oell Cash Converters offers a place to shop for pre-owned bargains or s unwanted goods for instant cash and provides a range of financial services including pawnbroking, cheque cashing, laybys and buyback.
The group also launched online pawnbroking operations and has plans to develop these services further.
PAWNBROKING business Albemarle & Bond yesterday announced a raft of frontline appointments as they get set to expand.
Chief executive John Nichols said: "H&T is the leading business in the fragmented UK pawnbroking market with a pledge book of almost pounds 25 million at the end of 2005.