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Buck, Greenback, Dead Presidents, Fin, Sawbuck, Washington, Benjamin,  C-Note, Large,(moolah, bread, dough)

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  • Grace

    I like the photo on ur homepage. Where did you take it? A quiet and beautiful place? Thanks.

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm
  • Michael

    I ever heard a slang “cough up the dough” which means give me some money, isn’t it? people usually don’t want to give money to anyone else. so they use this idiom to show their unwilling mood. very interesting~ i have a question. can all the different value bills be called the person on them respectively, such as washington representing one dollar, jefferson two dollar? or only some persons are called more usually, others seldomly used?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm
  • Lewis

    Michael, Thank you for your comment. Most Americans will not use the president’s name to refer to the money because most Americans don’t pay attention to who is on the coin or bill and sometimes the US government will change the person on the bill or coin. So most will not say, “Can I borrow a Washington” . They will say, “Can I borrow a dollar?” or “Do you have a Lincoln?” Instead they will say, “Do you have 5 dollars?” However, some people will say for a $100, “Can I borrow a Benjamin?”

    May 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm
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  • jean

    Most informative. I found your site looking for the meaning of sawbuck. I knew what it meant but not the origin. Informative site. Also, your picture is beautiful at homepage. Wonderfully evocative. jean

    Aug 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm
  • lewis

    Hi Jean.. Thanks for the comment. Please tell your friends about this website and if you want any other origin of idioms, please let me know.

    Aug 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm