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smart money

money invested or wagered by experienced investors or bettors.
such knowledgeable investors or bettors.
Law. punitive or exemplary damages.
Origin of smart money
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And meanwhile he counted up his half-year's smart money, and the pile of silver and gold that had come of the sale.

    The Bondman

    Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for smart money

smart money

  1. money bet or invested by experienced gamblers or investors, esp with inside information
  2. the gamblers or investors themselves
money paid in order to extricate oneself from an unpleasant situation or agreement, esp from military service
money paid by an employer to someone injured while working for him
(US, law) damages awarded to a plaintiff where the wrong was aggravated by fraud, malice, etc
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Word Origin and History for smart money

"money bet by those in the know," 1926, from smart (adj.). The same phrase earlier meant "money paid to sailors, soldiers, workers, etc., who have been disabled while on the job" (1690s), from a noun derivative of smart (v.). Also "money paid to obtain the discharge of a recruit" (1760), hence "money paid to escape some unpleasant situation" (1818). Sometimes in legal use, "damages in excess of injury done."

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