funny money

noun

Definition of funny money 

1 : artificially inflated currency

2 : counterfeit money

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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, chicagotribune.com, "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 Not surprisingly, that’s sparking lawsuits from others who want some of the funny money. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Bitcoin Bubble: CEO Daily for January 10, 2018," 10 Jan. 2018 Moscow’s funny money spanned continents, according to Circa.com’s Sara Carter. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Did Atomic Graft Help the Kremlin Capture 20 Percent of U.S. Uranium?," 20 Oct. 2017

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1901, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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funny money

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English Language Learners Definition of funny money

: fake money : counterfeit money

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