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Nabob's calculation is short, but "as rich as a Nabob" in error.

His father, the brewer, died, and he became possessor of a nabob's fortune.

First of all, the Nabob offered it to the heydukes one by one.

A great change had come over the Nabob both externally and internally.

And thus he not only filled himself, but satisfied the Nabob also.

And now the Nabob lay down for another little snatch of slumber.

He had expected the Nabob to be enraged, not rejoiced at the news.

She will be the light of the harem of a nabob with many tails.

For them, every rich foreigner is a nabob, no matter whence he comes.

I have promised the Nabob to present him to the duke, just as, formerly, I presented you.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "deputy governor in Mogul Empire," Anglo-Indian, from Hindi nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, honorific plural of na'ib "viceroy, deputy," from base n-w-b "to take someone's place." Also used of Europeans who came home from India having made a fortune there, hence "very rich man" (1764).

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