- a plaster for the shin or leg.
- Informal. (formerly)
- a piece of paper money of a denomination lower than one dollar.
- money of little value, as that issued on insufficient security.
Origin of shinplaster
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Historical Examples of shinplaster
- US, Canadian and Australian a promissory note on brittle paper, issued by an individual
Word Origin for shinplaster
C19: so called because of its resemblance to a sticking plaster
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Word Origin and History for shinplaster
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