fast buck

noun Slang.
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:
1945–50, Americanism

fast-buck, adjective
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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. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see easy money.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
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.
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