[ shin-plas-ter, -plah-ster ]
/ ˈʃɪnˌplæs tər, -ˌplɑ stər /
a plaster for the shin or leg.
- 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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/ (ˈʃɪnˌplɑːstə) /
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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also shin-plaster, piece of paper soaked in vinegar and used to treat sore legs, from shin (n.) + plaster (n.). In U.S. history, jocularly or as a term of abuse for "devalued low-denomination paper currency" (1824).
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