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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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Wrth edrych ar wefan Maes B, mae'n ymddangos fod cwestiwn Manon (Jaunty Spiv) ddigon teg, dwy ferch amlwg sydd yna - Heledd o'r grwp HMS Morris a Katie o'r grwp Chroma.Felly beth am anghofio am yr iawn a'r anghyfiawn, y poblogaidd a'r llai poblogaidd.
He also said: "I see Green as a billionaire spiv, a billionaire spiv who should never have received a knighthood, a billionaire spiv who has shamed British capitalism, and the least we can do today is to make our views clear and strong."
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Spiv, a Denver and Olympia trio of guys named Chris, will play at John Henry's tonight.
The recent film Face (Antonia Bird, 1997) reworks conventions of the spiv film, and can be understood as an "urban heritage" film which emphasizes a working-class narrative, albeit one that is white and masculine.
"He must be in a cellar or something," Gobby reasoned, and the gravely voice from the pipe said: "That spiv will die of tuberculosis at Christmas." Gobby shuddered - he was coming down with a bad chest.
Children can help Constable Bluebottle track down the "spiv" selling contraband sweets and silk stockings or challenge themselves on the assault course.
He's been behaving like a Second World War spiv, during the recent possible petrol shortage.
Arthur was a shocking spiv who traded in knocked-off gear and bent more rules than Enron to earn a crust.
The extraordinary thing is she put up with such a second-rate spiv for so long.
City spiv Farage claims he and billionaire Trump are representative of ordinary people beating the establishment.
The former BHS owner was labelled a "billionaire spiv" as MPs lined-up to criticise his role in the retail chain's demise.