funny money

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  1. counterfeit currency.

  2. money from undisclosed or questionable sources.

  1. currency of little value, as of a nation whose currency has been artificially inflated or recently devaluated.

  2. any foreign currency.

Origin of funny money

First recorded in 1940–45

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British Dictionary definitions for funny money

funny money

  1. a sum of money so large as to be considered unreal

  2. counterfeit money

  1. derogatory foreign currency

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Other Idioms and Phrases with funny money

funny money

Counterfeit money; also, money from an obscure or questionable source. For example, The police warned storekeepers that some funny money was being passed around town. This expression probably endures because of its rhyme. [1930s]

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