shinplaster
noun Date: 1824 1. a piece of privately issued paper currency; especially one poorly secured and depreciated in value 2. a piece of fractional currency

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Shinplaster — was a common name for paper money of low denomination circulating widely in the frontier economies of the 19th century. These notes were in various places issued by Banks, merchants, wealthy individuals and associations, either as banknotes, or… …   Wikipedia

  • Shinplaster — Shin plas ter, n. Formerly, a jocose term for a bank note greatly depreciated in value; also, for paper money of a denomination less than a dollar. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shinplaster — ☆ shinplaster [shin′plas΄tər, shin′pläs΄tər ] n. 1. a plaster or poultice for use on sore shins 2. Informal a piece of paper money made almost worthless, as by inflation or inadequate security 3. Informal a piece of paper money of small face… …   English World dictionary

  • shinplaster — /shin plas teuhr, plah steuhr/, n. 1. a plaster for the shin or leg. 2. Informal. (formerly) a. a piece of paper money of a denomination lower than one dollar. b. money of little value, as that issued on insufficient security. [1815 25, Amer.;… …   Universalium

  • shinplaster — noun a) An essentially worthless note of paper money.<ref name= COED etym defs /> b) A 25¢ banknote.<ref name= COED etym defs /> …   Wiktionary

  • shinplaster — noun historical, informal 1》 US & Austral./NZ a banknote or promissory note of little or no value. 2》 Canadian a twenty five cent bill. Origin so named because of the resemblance to a square piece of paper used to bandage the shin …   English new terms dictionary

  • shinplaster — shin•plas•ter [[t]ˈʃɪnˌplæs tər, ˌplɑ stər[/t]] n. 1) a plaster for the shin or leg 2) inf Informal. (formerly) a) a piece of paper money of a denomination lower than one dollar b) money of little value, as that issued on insufficient security •… …   From formal English to slang

  • shinplaster — /ˈʃɪnplastə/ (say shinplahstuh) noun Obsolete 1. US a square piece of paper saturated with vinegar, etc., used as a plaster for sore legs. 2. US similar paper on which promissory notes were written, used as currency. 3. a promissory note issued… …   Australian English dictionary

  • shinplaster — noun paper money of little value issued on insufficient security • Hypernyms: ↑money …   Useful english dictionary

  • Withdrawn Canadian banknotes — Among Canadian currency, only five different banknotes are currently printed. Smaller denominations have been replaced by coins, and larger ones are felt to be no longer required in an era of electronic transmission of most large transactions.… …   Wikipedia

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