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    family bank

    "He did not bank with the old family banks."
    QUESTIONS:
    1. Does the first 'bank' mean 'deal'? = He had
    no account with those banks.
    2. Is there a special bank called the 'family bank'?
    Or is it a bank his family used to use before?
    3. Does this 'old' mean 'previous' or something like that?
    = the family banks he had used before.
    Thank you.


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    Re: family bank

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan View Post
    "He did not bank with the old family banks."
    to bank means to keep an account at a bank
    2. Or is it a bank his family used to use before? Yes
    3. old means having a long history
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    Re: family bank

    "old family banks" - these are the private banks, such as Coutts in London or Rothschilds, as opposed to banks which are now public companies. They have a connotation of stuffiness and being restrictive.

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