money talks

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money talks definition


  1. in.
    money can buy cooperation; having money makes one influential. : Like they say, money talks, but don't try making it talk to a cop.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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money talks

Wealth has great influence, as in Big contributors to campaigns are generally rewarded with important postsin politics money talks. The idea behind this idiom was stated by Euripides in the fifth century b.c., and some 2,000 years later Erasmus spoke of "the talking power of money" (Adagia, 1532). The precise current locution, however, only began to be used about 1900.

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