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filthy rich

1. noun A disparaging term for those who are very wealthy. The filthy rich don't care a bit about the rest of us living in poverty.
2. adjective Very wealthy. This invention will make us filthy rich!
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filthy lucre

Money, in the sense of being a product or source of greed. The phrase is Biblical in origin, and the word "lucre" comes from the Latin word lucrum, meaning "profit." She's always worked to better her community, without caring a bit about the filthy lucre she could make in a different field.
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filthy lucre

money. I sure could use a little of that filthy lucre. I don't want to touch any of your filthy lucre.
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filthy rich

 
1. Fig. very wealthy. I wouldn't mind being filthy rich. There are too many filthy rich people now.
2. Fig. people who are very wealthy. The filthy rich can afford that kind of thing, but I can't. I sort of feel sorry for the filthy rich.
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filthy lucre

Money; originally, money obtained dishonestly. For example, She didn't like the job but loved the filthy lucre in the form of her weekly paycheck. This term comes from the Bible (Titus 1:11), where it refers to those who teach wrongly for the sake of money. In time it came to be used loosely, and usually jokingly, for money in general, and in the mid-1900s gave rise to the jocular slang term the filthy for "money." Although both versions may be dying out, the expression filthy rich, for "extremely wealthy," survives.
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a dirty look

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a filthy look

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a black look

If someone gives you a dirty look, a filthy look, or a black look, they look at you in a way that shows that they are very angry about something. Tony was being a real pain. Michael gave him a dirty look and walked out of the kitchen. He caught the filthy look his daughter flashed him. Passing my stall, she cast black looks at the amount of stuff still unsold.
See also: dirty, look

filthy lucre

(...ˈlukɚ)
n. money. I sure could use a little of that filthy lucre.
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filthy rich

1. mod. very wealthy. I wouldn’t mind being filthy rich.
2. n. people who are very wealthy. The filthy rich can afford that kind of thing, but I can’t.
See also: filthy, rich

filthy lucre

Money acquired by dishonorable means. The term comes from St. Paul’s Epistle to Titus (1:11), in which he criticizes those who teach things which they ought not “for filthy lucre’s sake.” Later the term came to be used ironically for money in general, even if it had been honestly earned. Perhaps scruples have changed, for the term is heard less often today.
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This lastweek, with the big freeze over, Iwalked a great deal aroundmy area ofAnfield/Walton and found the streets in the filthiest condition I've ever seen them.
Coal is the filthiest fossil fuel accounting for a quarter of the global emissions responsible for man-made climate change, yet our leaders seem intent in taking us down the wrong road.
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Along the way, he conducted innumerable adulterous affairs, dabbled in dueling, accumulated debts he had no intention of paying--"I take the liberty to inform you that at present it is not my interest to pay the principal, neither is it my principle to pay the interest," he told one creditor--and published what some have considered the filthiest poem in the English language.
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A leer jet carrying the filthiest of rich took off from the Halley airport across the highway and I immediately followed suit, rolling in on the quarterpipe side, up high on the vertical face, and then rollercoasting back over the pipe--whoosh!--into the depths again.
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During his celebrated labors, he battled vicious beasts (among them Kerberos, the guard of Hades) and cleaned out the infamous Augean Stables, which housed the filthiest herd of cattle in Hellas.
He walked it over and over, generally at night, sometimes along its glittering avenues but often through its filthiest rookeries, where his new state as a gentleman required a burly chaperon.
IT is an unlikely scenario: setting up nuclear devices to reduce, not increase, environmental pollution in one of the world's filthiest cities, but it is happening in Mexico City.
The culprit, too, eventually defines her actions as a literal (and literary) attack for which she "chose the filthiest, most despicable of human weapons to beat them with--a typewriter!"
But Peter was word-perfect--wonderful with Stephen Campbell Moore, incredibly funny, and had the filthiest mouth of anyone I've ever met.
Shizuoka Prefecture's Sanaru Lake, which ranked second-worst in fiscal 2000, overtook Chiba Prefecture's Tega Pond to become the filthiest of Japan's lakes and ponds.
Chinese cities continually contend to be among the "top 10 filthiest" in the world-industrial hubs like Taiyuan and Jinan had, at last measure, pollution levels nearly 10 times above World Health Organization (WHO) safety limits.
Once among the nation's filthiest urban harbors, Boston Harbor is now among its cleanest.