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old money

inherited wealth, especially wealth that confers status and social acceptance.
a family or forebears possessing such wealth.
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old-money, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No,” said Polly, wondering why he should want to tell them how he made “his old money.

    A Bookful of Girls

    Anna Fuller
  • We come here to get a pledge from old money Bags, and what does he do?

  • In 1830 Belgium was separated from Holland, and it was not till 1844 that the recoining of the old money was seriously undertaken.

  • But the milled money soon came to be scarce, and the old money grew constantly worse.

    Principles of Political Economy

    Arthur Latham Perry
  • This morning I asked my maid, an elderly woman, if she remembered the old money we had four years ago.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
  • "To think of that old money bags," he was going to say, but pulled himself up in time.

    Ben Pepper Margaret Sidney
  • It is clear that it was an urgent matter if the Countess also went herself to the old money lender.

    Father Goriot Honore de Balzac
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old money

noun phrase

Inherited wealth, as distinct from that of the nouveaux riches: Bush attended two fund-raisers in Highland Park, the center of what passes in Dallas for old money, rooted in real estate, cotton, and oil in the early years (1963+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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