shin-plaster

shinplaster

[shin-plas-ter, -plah-ster]
noun
1.
a plaster for the shin or leg.
2.
Informal.
a.
a piece of paper money of a denomination lower than one dollar.
b.
money of little value, as that issued on insufficient security.

Origin:
1815–25, Americanism; shin1 + plaster

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shinplaster (ˈʃɪnˌplɑːstə)
 
n
(US), (Canadian), (Austral) a promissory note on brittle paper, issued by an individual
 
[C19: so called because of its resemblance to a sticking plaster]

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