easy money

money obtained with a minimum of effort.
money obtained by deception, fraud, artifice, etc.

1895–1900, Americanism

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easy money
1.  money made with little effort, sometimes dishonestly
2.  commerce money that can be borrowed at a low interest rate

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Idioms & Phrases

easy money

Money obtained readily, with little effort and, often, illegally. For example, Winning the lotterythat'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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Example sentences
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.
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