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yellowback

[yel-oh-bak] /ˈyɛl oʊˌbæk/
noun
1.
(formerly) an inexpensive, often lurid, novel bound in yellow cloth or paper.
2.
a gold certificate.
Origin of yellowback
1790-1800
1790-1800; yellow + back1
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  • You saw what that fellow flashed, a twenty dollar yellowback, a word to Skippy and the Kennedy would follow.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson

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