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mazuma

[muh-zoo-muh] /məˈzu mə/
noun, Slang.
1.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Yiddish mezumen < Hebrew mezūmān set, fixed
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British Dictionary definitions for mazuma

mazuma

/məˈzuːmə/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly US) money
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish
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Word Origin and History for mazuma
n.

slang for "money," 1894, from Yiddish, from Mishnaic Hebrew mezumman "designated, fixed, appointed," used in Medieval Hebrew in sense of "cash" (cf. slang the needful "money"), from Akkad. simanu "appointed time." It figured in "People v. Stokes," case argued before Supreme Court of California (1894), which cites newspaper coverage of an earlier trial mentioning "Colonel Mazuma":

It appears that the term "Colonel Mazuma" not only does not indicate some gentleman with a military title, but it does not even refer to a person at all. We fail to find the term mentioned by our lexicographers, but understand it to be a modern provincialism, probably emanating from the daily press, and used when referring to the corrupt application of money in the accomplishment of certain ends. If these jurors understood this term with the signification thus attached to it, it of itself furnished ample material to demand a retrial of the case. ["Pacific Reporter," vol. 37]

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Slang definitions & phrases for mazuma

mazuma

noun

(also mezuma or mazume or mazoomy or mazoo or mazoola or mazula) Money: You have to leave your mazuma behind

[1901+; fr Yiddish fr Hebrew; perhaps fr a Chaldean word meaning ''the ready necessary'']


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