money made easily or quickly and sometimes unscrupulously: He speculated briefly in the commodities market in the hope of making a fast buck.
- Also called fast dollar.
- fast-buck, adjective
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How to use fast buck in a sentence
McSwane plunged into the world of these contractors, journeying across America to meet what he called the “buccaneers and pirates” trying to make a fast buck from the country’s misfortune.ProPublica a Finalist for Scripps Howard National Journalism Award | by ProPublica | March 10, 2021 | ProPublica
By its nature, CTV is a high-demand, limited-supply arena, and high CPMs offer fraudsters a unique opportunity to make a fast buck from unsuspecting advertisers.Deep Dive: How the coronavirus crisis accelerated the already cresting CTV sea change | Jessica Rapp | December 21, 2020 | Digiday
No.Then was it because a lot of people realized they could make a fast buck here?From the Archives: Steve Jobs on the Birth of the Mac | Tom Zito | October 6, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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