funny money


: artificially inflated currency
: counterfeit money

Examples of funny money in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thirteen receivers average at least $20 million per year in salary, led by Tyreek Hill at $30 million (which is slightly inflated by funny money) and Davante Adams at $28 million (which is not). Ben Volin,, 29 July 2023 Amid a speculative frenzy, the digital funny money’s price has zoomed more than 12,000% to more than $0.60 cents per coin since the start of the year. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 8 May 2021 As long as there is an exchange of funny money for real money, the owner of the funny money should rationally get into contracts to lock in the exchange for as long as possible. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Betsy DeVos surveys her domain from atop a mountain of Amway funny money. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 28 Jan. 2023 Nevada's lack of a state income tax would also give Brady a little extra funny money for the tables. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2023 Adams got $28 million per year, Hill got $30 million (though some of it is funny money), Cooper Kupp got nearly $27 million per year, and A.J. Brown got $25 million per year from the Eagles. Ben Volin,, 18 June 2022 FinCEN’s real estate regulation will likely draw fire from real estate developers because the current boom in urban luxury real estate depends heavily on funny money, and a lot of those units aren’t even occupied. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2021 The new SDRs are part of a $650 billion global allocation of IMF funny money that goes to all 190 members in proportion to their IMF quota. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of funny money was in 1901

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“Funny money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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