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yellowback

[yel-oh-bak]
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noun
  1. (formerly) an inexpensive, often lurid, novel bound in yellow cloth or paper.
  2. a gold certificate.

Origin of yellowback

First recorded in 1790–1800; yellow + back1
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Historical Examples

  • You saw what that fellow flashed, a twenty dollar yellowback, a word to Skippy and the Kennedy would follow.

    Skippy Bedelle

    Owen Johnson