dead presidents

plural noun

Definition of dead presidents 


: U.S. money in the form of bills specifically : dollars

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Although discolored, there is nothing of the repulsiveness of death visible in the dead President's face. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The epic journey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train," 30 Apr. 2018 In a political swamp full of alligators, summoning the ghosts of dead presidents is relatively safe ground. Michael Patrick Cullinane, Smithsonian, "Why Teddy Roosevelt Is Popular On Both Sides of the Political Aisle," 24 Apr. 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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dead presidents

plural noun

Financial Definition of dead presidents

What It Is

In the finance world, dead presidents are slang for U.S. currency.

How It Works

The term comes from the pictures of the former U.S. presidents, all of whom are deceased, that appear on the face of American currency. Though presidents appear on U.S. coins, the term generally refers to paper currency. The presidents on U.S. bills are:

$1: George Washington
$2: Thomas Jefferson
$5: Abraham Lincoln
$10: Alexander Hamilton
$20: Andrew Jackson
$50: Ulysses S. Grant
$100: Benjamin Franklin (note: Benjamin Franklin was not a U.S. president)
$500: William McKinley
$1,000: Grover Cleveland
$5,000: James Madison
$10,000: Salmon P. Chase (note: Salmon P. Chase was not a U.S. president)
$100,000: Woodrow Wilson

Why It Matters

Like any other industry, the finance world has its own slang and colorful language.

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English Language Learners Definition of dead presidents

: U.S. money in the form of paper bills

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