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free silver

noun, Economics.
the free coinage of silver, especially at a fixed ratio with gold.
Origin of free silver
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80
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free-silver, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I don't know exactly, but Wall street and free silver had something to do with it.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
  • The materials on free silver are mentioned in the note to chapter XIV, below.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • This decline resulted politically in the famous Bryan "free silver" campaign.

  • After the election of 1892 free silver captured the Populist organization.

    The Agrarian Crusade Solon J. Buck
  • free silver orators were telling the farmers that under a gold standard no factory could run.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Several of those who had been elected as Republicans were free silver men.

  • The leading occupation of its members now seemed to be the advocacy of free silver and the denunciation of President Cleveland.

    The Cleveland Era Henry Jones Ford
  • When the election was held that fall, the free silver motion was overwhelmingly defeated and killed.

    Life Gleanings T. J. Macon
  • Mr. Wolcott, did you not tell the people of the United States that free silver over there meant anarchy and lost confidence?

  • And you are beginning to think that free silver is not the only mad idea that has been put forward by a seemingly sane person.

    Stage Confidences Clara Morris
British Dictionary definitions for free silver

free silver

the unlimited minting of silver coins, esp when at a fixed ratio to gold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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