What does the word pinchbeck mean?

Usage examples for pinchbeck

  1. The Captain endeavoured to hold up his head, and to swagger, and to assume an air of pinchbeck respectability. – An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope
  2. About the same time Mr. Pinchbeck exhibited in the same town a " Pig of Knowledge" who had precisely the same accomplishments. – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle
  3. Crime as it exists is an enormous evil, and it costs us enormously; and cheap and pinchbeck methods will never rid us of it. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne