One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Britishanother term for jobber (sense 1 of the noun)
- ‘The circumstances were, the plaintiff, who was a clergyman, lent the defendant, who was a stockjobber, 3000l. 4 per cent, annuities; the defendant, was a surety with Kentish for the re-transfer.’
- ‘Born in London of Dutch parents, his career 1793-1814 was as a stockjobber, initially in the family firm.’
2North American derogatory A stockbroker.
- ‘At the end of the novel she marries the stockjobber, a leading promoter of the American railway scheme.’
- ‘A second reason, certainly understood by the infamous stockjobbers crowding the coffee houses of Exchange Alley, was the option value of defaulting on future installments in case the stock began to lose value in the market.’
- ‘In the same period, English investors slowly overcame a long-standing suspicion of stockjobbers and the share markets.’
- ‘My friend the stockjobber closed his book, turned his back on his pitch, and walked with me off the Stock Exchange floor, down Throgmorton Street and into Bill Bentley's fish house.’
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