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easy money

money obtained with a minimum of effort.
money obtained by deception, fraud, artifice, etc.
Origin of easy money
1895-1900, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for easy money
  • There will be no more free travel, no more easy money, and much less loose talk.
  • Nor are the bankers the only ones who have built their lifestyle around a heavy flow of easy money.
  • easy money, which the housing bubble seemed to promise, put people in a forgiving mood.
  • Too low-key for today's radio, which is desperately chasing a way to make easy money without putting on anything of quality.
  • State-companies' bosses, under political pressure to create jobs, secured easy money to chase new markets.
  • Without such easy money, they will trade down to smaller models.
  • easy money will not restore confidence after a major financial collapse.
  • That's why easy money hasn't worked to get things moving.
  • It is the central bank the sets interest rates below the free market level, creating easy money.
  • easy money will not get the economy moving until confidence has already recovered.
British Dictionary definitions for easy money

easy money

money made with little effort, sometimes dishonestly
(commerce) money that can be borrowed at a low interest rate
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Slang definitions & phrases for easy money

easy money

noun phrase

Money easily gotten or earned: easy money for helping in the garden

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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Idioms and Phrases with easy money

easy money

Money obtained readily, with little effort and, often, illegally. For example, Winning the lottery—that's easy money! or I was wary of making easy money with the insider tips I'd been given. [ c. 1900 ]
Also see: fast buck
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