I thought the art of the spiv had died out years ago.
Guys like him are part of the English culture - he's like the spiv from the Second World War.
Lincoln thought twice about extending her sportsmanship to helping the sepultural spiv up as she realized this would be seen as a demoralizing gesture rather than a respectful one.
The single exceptions (apart from the wicked spiv who finds the girls) are the only two working-class characters who show any signs of aspiration or youth.
Harry is fed up being confused, alarmed and he finds he has seized the little weasel, the little spiv and ground him like pretzel against the dividing panel.
Martin Clunes plays George Haigh, a wartime spiv who murdered nine people and dissolved their bodies in acid.
Chairman of the Mid-Hants Watercress Line, David Snow, dressed as a spiv for the occasion, said the weekend was a resounding success with the first day attracting bigger crowds than last year.
What such a history would particularly need to convey in relation to higher education is the paradigm shift brought about since 1992 by the increasing influence of the spivs in suits (aka managers).
The fact that he is played by an actor whom nature has condemned to permanently talk out of the side of his mouth, as if drawn by Picasso, adds to his spivvy air.
She would recount how it was possible to buy anything - from meat, chocolate, cigarettes and the obligatory ‘nylons’ - from the spivs and black market racketeers.