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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 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

(...ˈlukɚ)
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.
When an attractive offer from BDB Infrastructure came his way he couldn't resist the lure of the lucre and agreed to head its Corporate Communications Department.
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And those colours are green, green and green - as in filthy lucre.
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As it turned out, the ads were right in a way, and millions have found the technology an element of their precious muse, at least that portion that concerns lucre.
WARREN GATLAND does not believe Shaun Edwards would put lucre before loyalty and turn his back on Wales' Grand Slam team to take a job with England.
An industry that was once the province of failed congressmen is growing so fast that superstar senators throw away their leadership positions for the lucre lobbying affords.
Especially when it helps him rake in the filthy lucre in his TV crisp ads.
Like the Clinton-Lewinski scandal, most of the media ruckus has focused on the sex and lucre, while ignoring national security issues.
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.