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English definition of “pawnbroker”

pawnbroker

noun [C]     /ˈpɔːnˌbrəʊkər/
a person who lends money in exchange for someone's valuable possession . If the person who borrowed the money does not pay it back by an agreed time , the pawnbroker can sell the possession : Money borrowed from the pawnbroker did not have to be repaid for fifteen months .
(also pawnbroker's) →  pawnshop
(Definition of pawnbroker noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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