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magnate

1. History a great nobleman
2. (formerly) a member of the upper chamber in certain European parliaments, as in Hungary
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There was a dinner giving in the Harley Street establishment, while Little Dorrit was stitching at her father's new shirts by his side that night; and there were magnates from the Court and magnates from the City, magnates from the Commons and magnates from the Lords, magnates from the bench and magnates from the bar, Bishop magnates, Treasury magnates, Horse Guard magnates, Admiralty magnates,--all the magnates that keep us going, and sometimes trip us up.
When they rose, so many of the magnates had something to say to Mr Merdle individually that he held little levees by the sideboard, and checked them off as they went out at the door.
Bishop then betook himself up-stairs, and the other magnates gradually floated up after him until there was no one left below but Mr Merdle.
Among the evening magnates was a famous physician, who knew everybody, and whom everybody knew.
The point is a simple one, but the Inspector had overlooked it because he had started with the supposition that these county magnates had had nothing to do with the matter.
And when the mysterious horse-poisoning cases occurred, and when the residence of one of the teaming magnates was half destroyed by dynamite, she saw Billy in prison, or wearing stripes, or mounting to the scaffold at San Quentin while at the same time she could see the little cottage on Pine street besieged by newspaper reporters and photographers.
The bread was new and crusty, the butter fresh, and the sugar lump, of course - in fulfilment of the standard testimony of the Coketown magnates, that these people lived like princes, sir.
At one point, Goodman quotes a gambling magnate talking straight about his plans: "When we put 50 slot machines in, I always consider them 50 more mousetraps.
Bennett is the brother of Leonard Bennett, the president of Magnate Sales who marketed the SmartShoppers card in Little Rock in 1996.
HIV/AIDS: Activists blasted senior members of India's government following their criticism of computer magnate Bill Gates' $100 million grant to combat the spread of the disease.
have rejected an effort led by Domino's Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan to repeal a city law banning discrimination toward gays.
The report also stated that the Jamaican hotel magnate would also be prepared to give up majority ownership of the company to raise cash.