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money talks


  1. Wealth is power: In New York, boy, money really talks, I'm not kidding (1891+)
  2. (also money talks, bullshit walks) PUT UP OR SHUT UP, PUT one's MONEY WHERE one's MOUTH IS: Money talks and you know what walks/ Money talks, bullshit walks

[the second sense's variant is found by 1987]

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  • "We're backin' her—an' money talks," said Dixon, with quiet assurance.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The Americans have a saying, "money talks," which is much like one of our own.

  • It contained no words, unless it be true that "money talks."

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • Mr. Sage was naturally a silent man, his motto was "money talks."

  • "money talks," Cappy Ricks warned him and got out his check book.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • It has been said that money talks, and it undoubtedly did so in this case.

    His Lordship's Leopard David Dwight Wells
  • money talks in the underground London, just as it does on the Stock Exchange.

    The Secrets of Potsdam William Le Queux
Idioms and Phrases with money talks

money talks

Wealth has great influence, as in Big contributors to campaigns are generally rewarded with important posts—in politics money talks. The idea behind this idiom was stated by Euripides in the fifth century b.c., and some 2,000 years later Erasmus spoke of “the talking power of money” (Adagia, 1532). The precise current locution, however, only began to be used about 1900.
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