קומבינה

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most likely from Russian Великий Комбинатор ‎(Velikij Kombinator, The Great Combinator) (Hebrew הקומבינטור הגדול ‎(hakombinátor hagadól)), the self-proclaimed title of con man Ostap Bender in the novel The Twelve Chairs, by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov. The title itself is probably a reference to combinatorial mathematics.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

קוֹמְבִּינָה ‎(kombínaf

  1. (slang) shady business, deal, or arrangement
  2. (slang) a clever trick designed to beat the system
  3. (slang) a quick poor-quality solution to a problem