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free silver

noun, Economics
the free coinage of silver, especially at a fixed ratio with gold.
Origin of free silver
1875-80, Americanism
Related forms
free-silver, adjective Unabridged
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  • I don't know exactly, but Wall street and free silver had something to do with it.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
  • The materials on free silver are mentioned in the note to chapter XIV, below.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • This decline resulted politically in the famous Bryan "free silver" campaign.

  • After the election of 1892 free silver captured the Populist organization.

    The Agrarian Crusade Solon J. Buck
  • free silver orators were telling the farmers that under a gold standard no factory could run.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Several of those who had been elected as Republicans were free silver men.

  • The leading occupation of its members now seemed to be the advocacy of free silver and the denunciation of President Cleveland.

    The Cleveland Era Henry Jones Ford
  • What you fellows need down here is not free silver, but free water.

    Stories That End Well Octave Thanet
  • Mr. Wolcott, did you not tell the people of the United States that free silver over there meant anarchy and lost confidence?

  • When the election was held that fall, the free silver motion was overwhelmingly defeated and killed.

    Life Gleanings T. J. Macon
British Dictionary definitions for free silver

free silver

the unlimited minting of silver coins, esp when at a fixed ratio to gold
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