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greenback

[green-bak] /ˈgrinˌbæk/
noun
1.
a U.S. legal-tender note, printed in green on the back since the Civil War, originally issued against the credit of the country and not against gold or silver on deposit.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; green + back1
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  • But deciding to move money beyond the greenback is easier than figuring out where to go.
  • Possession limits and length requirements apply, and greenback cutthroat trout are catch-and-release only.
  • The threatened greenback cutthroat trout once stared extinction in the face.
  • If their currencies rise too far against the greenback, their exporters will lose out wherever customers pay in dollars.
  • The first was that only the treasury secretary talked at length about the greenback.
  • Since then, however, it has been a steady downward drift for the greenback.
  • The world economy could well benefit from a gradual slide in the greenback.
  • If it sells dollars to buy yen or won, it risks depressing the value of the greenback.
  • But the greenback is not the only currency that counts.
  • They act as a hedge against a depreciating greenback.
British Dictionary definitions for greenback

greenback

/ˈɡriːnˌbæk/
noun
1.
(US, informal) an inconvertible legal-tender US currency note originally issued during the Civil War in 1862
2.
(US, slang) a dollar bill
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Word Origin and History for greenback
n.

"U.S. dollar bill," 1862, so called from the time of their introduction, from green (adj.) + back (n.); bank paper money printed in green ink had been called this since 1778 (as opposed to redbacks, etc.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for greenback

greenback

noun

A dollar bill

[1870+; said to have been coined by Salmon P Chase, who died in 1873]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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