"spondulicks," said Dicky with a laugh, as the other hesitated for a word.
"I wonder where he got the spondulicks," broke in her son Richard.
Suppose I can't raise the spondulicks in time for the ten train!
Also it was convincingly true that the ingoing party—its way now made a pacific one—would need the "spondulicks."
1856, American English slang, "money, cash," of unknown origin, said to be from Greek spondylikos, from spondylos, a seashell used as currency (the Greek word means literally "vertebra"). Used by Mark Twain and O. Henry and adopted into British English, where it survives despite having faded in American English.