His pitch was to lend to the struggling governments of Europe in exchange for monopolies on the production and sale of matches.
Fashion, as it seems, plays a key role in the film and Knightley was keen to lend a hand in its on-screen evolution.
“Everyone should look into their own souls and ask, ‘What can I lend here,’” Bridges said.
late 14c., from Old English lænan "to lend," from læn "loan" (see loan). Cognate with Dutch lenen, Old High German lehanon, German lehnen, also verbs derived from nouns. Past tense form, with terminal -d, became the principal form in Middle English on analogy of bend, send, etc.