But don't forget to burn a few punk sticks in the joss house to the great god mazuma from time to time.
I think you're out of mazuma, and that's why I'm doing this.
When they want it, every one of these memoranda must be Johnny-on-the-spot before they can dig up the mazuma.
All his life hes had to pinch, and now he hangs on to the mazuma with a deathlike grip.
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]
(also mezuma or mazume or mazoomy or mazoo or mazoola or mazula) Money: You have to leave your mazuma behind
[1901+; fr Yiddish fr Hebrew; perhaps fr a Chaldean word meaning ''the ready necessary'']