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noun

money obtained with a minimum of effort.
money obtained by deception, fraud, artifice, etc.

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Origin of easy money

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for easy money

easy money

noun

money made with little effort, sometimes dishonestly
commerce money that can be borrowed at a low interest rate
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Idioms and Phrases with easy money

easy money

Money obtained readily, with little effort and, often, illegally. For example, Winning the lottery—that's easy money! or I was wary of making easy money with the insider tips I'd been given. [c. 1900] Also see fast buck.

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