Lombard

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Lombard

1. A banker or lender. The term is used especially when referring to a person rather than an institution.

2. Slang; a wealthy person who is greedy, stingy or otherwise morally obnoxious.
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I was going through Lombard Street in the dusk of the evening, just by the end of Three King court, when on a sudden comes a fellow running by me as swift as lightning, and throws a bundle that was in his hand, just behind me, as I stood up against the corner of the house at the turning into the alley.
This narrow thoroughfare, baking and blistering in the sun, is Wall Street: the Stock Exchange and Lombard Street of New York.
Pickwick and Sam took up their present abode in very good, old-fashioned, and comfortable quarters, to wit, the George and Vulture Tavern and Hotel, George Yard, Lombard Street.
State Financial Control Service has proposed a bill on lombard activity, which gives the Government the authority to monitor the work of the lombards, the press service of the Government reported on January 12.
Charles Dumas, business economist and director of the international service at Lombard Street Research, writing in their flagship publication, Monthly International Review, says that US economic policy is exacerbating post-bubble financial imbalances rather than resolving them.