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Definition of greenback

: a legal-tender note issued by the U.S. government

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she threw a few greenbacks on the counter to pay for the drinks
Recent Examples on the Web The last time the greenback was on the skids like this was 2017. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Why the US dollar could be the big loser of 2021," 6 Dec. 2020 The central bank’s earlier pledge to keep interest rates anchored near zero for years has already weighed on the greenback in recent months and is widely seen as holding turbulence measures close to historic lows. Benjamin Purvis,, "Dollar Drops as Tight Election Shifts Spotlight Back on the Fed," 4 Nov. 2020 On Monday, the WSJ Dollar Index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, fell 0.4%. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Euro Optimism Wanes Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases," 19 Oct. 2020 And, since the first of this year, the lira has depreciated by 30 percent against the greenback. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 9," 13 Nov. 2020 That's a key reason why the greenback may not fall much further — even if one candidate chooses to contest the outcome of the election in court. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "The US dollar will remain weak no matter who wins the presidency," 3 Nov. 2020 The Lebanese pound, which has lost 80% of its value against the dollar since last year, gained against the greenback on the black market in the days leading up to Mr. Hariri’s expected designation. Nazih Osseiran And Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Lebanon Brings Back Saad Hariri as Prime Minister Amid Political Crisis," 22 Oct. 2020 The Chinese yuan surged against the US dollar this week, rallying to its strongest level against the greenback in more than two years, as signs grew that former vice president Joe Biden would be the next US president. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The global economy news the US election overshadowed," 6 Nov. 2020 The yuan had been surging against the greenback in recent months as China's economy recovered from the coronavirus pandemic more quickly than other major nations, and as investors began preparing for a possible Biden win. Laura He, CNN, "China's yuan has its worst fall in years on fears of renewed US tension," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of greenback

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of greenback was in 1862

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17 Jan 2021

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“Greenback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of greenback

informal : a piece of U.S. paper money

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