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    filthy lucre

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether the biblical expression in bold in the following sentences is still existing in the contemporary English?

    “There is no doubt in my mind,” he want on,” that you have a very distinguished and almost unique position in the world of letters…. You never prostituted your genius for filthy lucre. (W. S. Maugham, “Complete Short Stories” )

    filthy lucre = illicit gain

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V
    Last edited by vil; 30-Jan-2011 at 14:40.

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    Re: filthy lucre

    filthy lucre = money, and money obtained as the sole objective rather than as a return for some offering.

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    Re: filthy lucre

    I still hear it used occasionally.

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    Re: filthy lucre

    When the Sex Pistols reformed a few years ago to do some concerts, they called it the Filthy Lucre Tour.

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