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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 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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filthy lucre

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n. money. I sure could use a little of that filthy lucre.
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It is claimed that the donations to this foundation were actually the commissions forcibly collected from businessmen who are awarded public tenders and from the lucre distributed form urban development projects.
Lucre director Sally Hether- ington said: "The company is set for significant growth over the coming years as it realises its plans to develop a more glo- bal hotel offering and we have developed a PR campaign to help meet those objectives.
Debo aclarar que no conozco a nadie de la familia Pena Preteline, unicamente me identifica la pena con uno de los dolientes, ya que tambien sufri la perdida de mi joven esposa, es por ello que considero indignante y perverso que se lucre con el dolor ajeno.
In this fantastical little volume, author Kenneth Saltman rants at the Edison Schools for an array of sins and so seeks to join the ranks of the antichoice, antiaccountability crowd (like Alfie Kohn, Susan Ohanian, Henry Giroux, and Jonathan Kozol) and, presumably, will share some of the lucre from the apologista dinner circuit.
Pakistan's military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, once again can boast of the lucre brought to his regime by his alliance with the United States.
Penetration rates in granite lucre yielded speeds in excess of four inches/minutes while accurately drilling on-line and on-grade.
Evidence later showed that one of the principal reasons for his "success" was that his firm served as a conduit for the lucre of corruption.
Summarizing the deal in their story "Pat Robertson's Gold Fever," writers Bob Drury and Aram Roston wrote, "[I]t seems clear that in his lust to tap the lucre of the West African Craton [gold seam], the Reverend Pat Robertson has crossed a moral line in order to go into business with a torturer, a murderer, a barbarian who has supported thugs who lop off the arms of defenseless women and children.
His first major byline came with The Continuity of Feudal Power (Cambridge, 1992), an expose on the fortunes of the Caracciolo di Brienza family, a leading Neapolitan clan whose members put impeccable taste and decorum ahead of love and lucre.
The creation of the Richmond Ballet's new home had a distinctly scientific ring to it: Take one sprawling industrial plant in a transitional neighborhood, add a generous helping of community spirit and local lucre, mix with space-expanding and surface-softening elements (cranes to raise ceilings and 26,000 rubber cylinders to spring floors, in this case), and watch phase of dance professionalism and civic pride come to life.
The not-so-filthy lucre gets their attention and eases the capitalist conscience, particularly in the face of jingoistic protests issuing forth from Hollywood.
The way some analysts see it, Mercury's lucre is cast in projections that there are no new products for the division after the 2001 Mountaineer sport-utility.
Now Tigrett has undertaken another business venture that combines the spirit of the times with filthy lucre and in this case, real spirituality.
When a man or woman is ready to barter the soul of the child for filthy lucre, he should be read out of the association, and the public should know the reason why.