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funny money

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noun Slang.
  1. counterfeit currency.
  2. money from undisclosed or questionable sources.
  3. currency of little value, as of a nation whose currency has been artificially inflated or recently devaluated.
  4. any foreign currency.
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Origin of funny money

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for funny money

funny money

noun
  1. a sum of money so large as to be considered unreal
  2. counterfeit money
  3. derogatory foreign currency
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Idioms and Phrases with funny money

funny money

Counterfeit money; also, money from an obscure or questionable source. For example, The police warned storekeepers that some funny money was being passed around town. This expression probably endures because of its rhyme. [1930s]

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