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noun Slang.
money made easily or quickly and sometimes unscrupulously: He speculated briefly in the commodities market in the hope of making a fast buck.
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Also called fast dollar.

Origin of fast buck

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50

OTHER WORDS FROM fast buck

fast-buck, adjective
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fast buck

Money made quickly and easily and, often, dishonestly. For example, He's all right, but his partner is just out for a fast buck. This expression gave rise to fast-buck artist for an individual, especially a swindler, intent on making money quickly. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see easy money.

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