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Definition of spiv

spiv

noun

  • a petty criminal who deals in stolen goods or counterfeit items. British term.
                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Citation from "Malcolm Turnbull's biggest mistake was joining the wrong party", Herald Sun, Eddie McGuire, November 29, 2009 blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on May 01 2013. Submitted by James Choucino from Blaby, Leicestershire, UK on Mar 30 2009.

  • a well-dressed barrow / street dealer. Mainly in London, especially Petty Coat Lane. Normally a shyster selling a con to passersby.

    Last edited on May 01 2013. Submitted by Anonymous on Dec 07 2009.

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