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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PIMP

Such a monstrous Pandarus would have been blackballed at the Pimp.

Sir, I have the honour to tell you that you are a pimp, lately escaped from the Fleet.

Envy must own, I live among the great, No pimp of pleasure, and no spy of state.

If I am not good enough for a lover perhaps I may do for a pimp.

A pander, a pimp, a professional reviler of great and good men.

Why, she shall be at your service in three minutes, as I'm a pimp.

As long as you've been a Pimp, you should fall for that stuff—Screw—get out of my sight.

Inmate Nellie says she turns her earnings over to her pimp, X 74.

The man whose biography you are writing is no better than a pimp.

The thief taker had the start of the pimp, and overtook him in a moment.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle French pimpant "alluring in dress, seductive," present participle of pimper "to dress elegantly" (16c.), from Old French pimpelorer, pipelorer "decorate, color, beautify." Weekley suggests Middle French pimpreneau, defined in Cotgrave (1611) as "a knave, rascall, varlet, scoundrell," but Liberman is against this.

The word also means "informer, stool pigeon" in Australia and New Zealand and in South Africa, where by early 1960s it existed in Swahili form impimpsi. Pimpmobile first recorded 1973 (six years before Popemobile).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.