: Fast-buck speculators were getting rich on inflated FHA appraisals/ Fast-buck artists, dreamers, and even some well-heeled companiesnoun phrase
Money gotten quickly, esp without too fine a concern for ethics or the future: tryin' to hustle me for a fast buck (1940s+)
I was very eager to protect myself from opportunists who may have crawled out of the woodwork to make a quick buck.
A few high-profile convictions can go a long way in making insiders reluctant to cash in on inside information for a quick buck.
As a kid, I had ideas to make a quick buck like making T-shirts and selling them.