шмон

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Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew שמונה (shmona, eight), referring to 8:00 a.m. when the cells were searched each morning in the Odessa prison prior to the communist revolution.

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Noun[edit]

шмон (šmonm inan

  1. (criminal, slang) shakedown, raid, body search, search (a sudden, unexpected checkup or raid, as a police check)
  2. a sharp, unpleasant smell

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