Who's is that? Well, it is a person who will lend you money in return for an article you possess, e.g. a watch. In Polish, we call these guys 'właściciel zakładu zastawniczego' or 'właściciel lombardu'. Such a person has the right to sell the article if the money is not repaid within a certain time. In other words, it is a moneylender who takes property as security deposit.
My question is: "Have you ever used a pawnbroker's services?" What pledges (zastaw) did you leave with a pawnbroker? Do you think pawnbrokers are useful? Is there a pawn shop in your town?
Let me also give you a few nice Internet examples with this word:
- Her father was a pawnbroker who ran a very profitable business.
- Joe is a pawnbroker who seems to deal mainly in secrets – that is, he trades people's deepest, darkest secrets for cash.
- ...his grandfather was a pawnbroker who started off as a cooper and carpenter originally, and they were all...
- His target is a pawnbroker who rips off poor people to the advancement...
- Supposedly, over a thousand years ago, there was a pawnbroker who helped someone.
- Robert Miller was a pawnbroker who died in 1900. He had businesses in Saltcoats, Glasgow and Kilmarnock.
- Madame is a pawnbroker who squeezes money from the poor by giving them very small amounts of money for their valuables which she is then...