funny money


Definition of funny money

1 : artificially inflated currency
2 : counterfeit money

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Recent Examples on the Web In June, without enough hard cash to pay the soldiers who defend it, the government decreed that shops must accept only funny money. The Economist, "Zimbabwe’s economy is crashing and its people are hungry," 15 Aug. 2019 His regime has kept grabbing dollars from people’s bank accounts and replacing them with electronic funny money, which has now lost most of its value. The Economist, "Zimbabwe’s economy is crashing and its people are hungry," 15 Aug. 2019 For you, the funny money was worthless — and you’re right, American Airlines could do better. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, "Travel Troubleshooter: Airline delay made us miss grandmother’s funeral," 30 June 2019 That’s a reaction to the funny money tossed around when the salary cap spiked in 2016 in historic fashion, thanks to an influx of money from a new TV deal. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls plan patient approach in free agency, will focus first on re-signing Zach LaVine and David Nwaba," 30 June 2018 However, it was soon discovered that there was plenty of funny money in that deal. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "How the Eagles GM may have finessed a draft pick away from the Ravens," 10 May 2018 No funny money, these funds, derived from excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, fishing, boating and archery equipment, are collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and then redistributed to the states. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Ryan Zinke's appearance puts spotlight on excise tax and conservation programs," 21 Mar. 2018 This is what happens when the funny money flies as the NFL’s free agent market opens. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Malcolm Butler benched by New England Patriots, made rich by the Titans in NFL free agency," 14 Mar. 2018 The possibility of $2 billion in funny money floating around is alarming enough. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why experts are worried about Tether, a dollar-pegged cryptocurrency," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of funny money

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Funny money.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of funny money

informal : fake money : counterfeit money

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