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mazuma

[muh-zoo-muh]
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noun Slang.
  1. money.
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Origin of mazuma

1875–80; < Yiddish mezumen < Hebrew mezūmān set, fixed
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Examples from the Web for mazuma

Historical Examples

  • I think you're out of mazuma, and that's why I'm doing this.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • When they want it, every one of these memoranda must be Johnny-on-the-spot before they can dig up the mazuma.

    Bucky O'Connor

    William MacLeod Raine

  • All his life hes had to pinch, and now he hangs on to the mazuma with a deathlike grip.

  • But don't forget to burn a few punk sticks in the joss house to the great god Mazuma from time to time.


British Dictionary definitions for mazuma

mazuma

noun
  1. slang, mainly US money
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Word Origin

C20: from Yiddish
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Word Origin and History for mazuma

n.

slang for "money," 1894, from Yiddish, from Mishnaic Hebrew mezumman "designated, fixed, appointed," used in Medieval Hebrew in sense of "cash" (cf. slang the needful "money"), from Akkad. simanu "appointed time." It figured in "People v. Stokes," case argued before Supreme Court of California (1894), which cites newspaper coverage of an earlier trial mentioning "Colonel Mazuma":

It appears that the term "Colonel Mazuma" not only does not indicate some gentleman with a military title, but it does not even refer to a person at all. We fail to find the term mentioned by our lexicographers, but understand it to be a modern provincialism, probably emanating from the daily press, and used when referring to the corrupt application of money in the accomplishment of certain ends. If these jurors understood this term with the signification thus attached to it, it of itself furnished ample material to demand a retrial of the case. ["Pacific Reporter," vol. 37]
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