Green back

greenback

[green-bak]
noun
a U.S. legal-tender note, printed in green on the back since the Civil War, originally issued against the credit of the country and not against gold or silver on deposit.

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism; green + back1

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greenback (ˈɡriːnˌbæk)
 
n
1.  informal (US) an inconvertible legal-tender US currency note originally issued during the Civil War in 1862
2.  slang (US) a dollar bill

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greenback
"U.S. dollar bill," 1862, so called from the time of their introduction; bank paper money printed in green ink had been called this since 1778 (as opposed to redbacks, etc.).
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