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fast buck

noun, Slang.
1.
money made easily or quickly and sometimes unscrupulously:
He speculated briefly in the commodities market in the hope of making a fast buck.
Also called fast dollar.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism
Related forms
fast-buck, adjective
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Examples for fast buck
  • Others ooze the unwholesome patina of snake-oil salesman hoping to make a fast buck.
  • Incidentally, tree farming is not the way to make a fast buck.
Slang definitions & phrases for fast buck

fast buck

modifier

: Fast-buck speculators were getting rich on inflated FHA appraisals/ Fast-buck artists, dreamers, and even some well-heeled companies

noun phrase

Money gotten quickly, esp without too fine a concern for ethics or the future: tryin' to hustle me for a fast buck (1940s+)


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 fast buck
Money made quickly and easily and, often, dishonestly. For example, He's all right, but his partner is just out for a fast buck. This expression gave rise to fast-buck artist for an individual, especially a swindler, intent on making money quickly. [ ; mid-1900s ]
Also see: easy money
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