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shinplaster

[shin-plas-ter, -plah-ster] /ˈʃɪnˌplæs tər, -ˌplɑ stər/
noun
1.
a plaster for the shin or leg.
2.
Informal.
  1. a piece of paper money of a denomination lower than one dollar.
  2. money of little value, as that issued on insufficient security.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; shin1 + plaster
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shinplaster

/ˈʃɪnˌplɑːstə/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian, Austral) a promissory note on brittle paper, issued by an individual
Word Origin
C19: so called because of its resemblance to a sticking plaster
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