gombeen-man

Related to gombeen-man: Scortatory, gobshite, eejit

gombeen-man

(ˈɡɒmbiːnˌmæn)
n
(Banking & Finance) Irish a shopkeeper who practises usury

gombeen-man

An Irish word for a storekeeper who practises usury.
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A prosperously married auctioneer and hotel-owner, from the locality but having moved to the town, he belongs to the genus of the gombeen-man, the preferred villain of Irish fiction and drama from the nineteenth century on.
The mischievous reader might thus set against Heaney's Larkin - "A nine-to-five man who had seen poetry" - Larkin's Heaney: "a Gombeen-man who can't hear poetry."
The Universal Dictionary of the English Language gives the following definition: "Gombeen-man: Money-lender, usurer; often used in Ireland of a man who keeps a shop or public-house and lends money at extortionate interest."