From the second edition (1989):
money, n.
(ˈmʌnɪ) Pl. moneys. Forms: 3–6 moneye, 4–5 monoie, -oye, moone, 4–6 monay(e, monei(e, mone(e, monye, 4–8 mony, 5–7 monny, 6–7 monie, 4– money. [a. OF. moneie, mon(n)oie (mod.F. monnaie) = Pr., Sp. moneda, Pg. moeda, It. moneta:—L. monēta (?f. monēre to warn, remind): orig. the name of a goddess (in classical times regarded as identical with Juno), in whose temple at Rome money was coined, hence, a mint, money. Cf. mint n.1
For the plural the irregular spelling monies is still not uncommonly met with, esp. in sense 4.]


1. a. Current coin; metal stamped in pieces of portable form as a medium of exchange and measure of value. piece of money: see piece n. 3c.

c1330 R. Brunne Chron. (1725) 238 Edward‥wille wite certeyn, who schent has his mone. Of clippers, of roungers, of suilk takes he questis. 1340 Ayenb. 26 Of guod metal hy makeþ ualse moneye. 1377 Langl. P. Pl. B. xv. 343 Þe merke of þat mone is good, ac þe metal is fieble. 1611 Bible 1 Kings xxi. 2, I will giue thee the worth of it in money. 1680 Morden Geog. Rect., Asiat. Tartaria (1685) 396 The Mony of this kingdom is of a good Alloy. 1711 Addison Spect. No. 3 ⁋5 Behind the Throne was a prodigious Heap of Bags of Mony. 1859 Geo. Eliot A. Bede ix, It's no use filling your pocket full of money if you've got a hole in the corner.
fig. 1651 Hobbes Leviath. i. iv. 15 Words are wise mens counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the mony of fooles.


b. Applied occas. by extension to any objects, or any material, serving the same purposes as coin.

c1400 Mandeville (1839) xxii. 239 He [the great Khan]‥makethe no Money, but of Lether emprented, or of Papyre. 1553 Eden Treat. Newe Ind. (Arb.) 24 The monie which they vse, is made of a certayne paper‥with ye kinges ymage printed theron. 1600 J. Pory tr. Leo's Africa Introd. 22 Salt is the principall thing which runneth currant for money throughout all the emperours dominions. 1807 Robinson Archæol. Græca ii. xix. 177 In cases of emergency‥the Spartans were allowed the use of money made from the skins of beasts.


c. In mod. use commonly applied indifferently to coin and to such promissory documents representing coin (esp. government and bank notes) as are currently accepted as a medium of exchange. See paper money.

1819 Noble's Instr. Emigr. U.S. 107 The best money to take to the United States, is either guineas or Spanish milled dollars;‥Bank of England notes will not do. 1864 Chamb. Encycl. VI. 529/2 No one hesitates in counting a £5 Bank of England note as money. 1880 Bon. Price in Fraser's Mag. May 675 Only 3l. in each 100l. were cash—that is, coin and bank notes, true money. 1903 Westm. Gaz. 18 June 2/1 In international commerce the form of money most used is a bill of exchange, and a good bill is good money.


d. black money (= med.L. moneta nigra), copper coinage; ?also, debased silver coin. white money, standard silver coin. Obs.

[1335 Act 9 Edw. III, stat 2, c. 1 §4 Que totes maneres de noire monoie, que courent ja communalment en notre roialme‥ soient tote oultrement ostez.] 1423 Rolls of Parlt. IV. 256/2 For as muche as gret scarcite of Whit money is wyth inne this land, because that silver is bought. 1469 Sc. Acts Jas. III (1597) §40 That there be na Deniers of France,‥nor nane vther counterfaictes of black money, be tane in payment in the Realme, bot our soveraine Lords awin black money. 1567 Harman Caveat 42 He plucked oute viii. shyllinges in whyte money. 1607 Middleton Phœnix i. vi, He had so much grace before he died to turn his white money into gold, a great ease to his executor. 1642 Fuller Holy & Prof. St. iv. v. 264 Receiving black money from cheatours, he payes them in good silver.


2. (With pl.) A particular coin or coinage. Also, a denomination of value representing a fraction or a multiple of the value of some coin; in full, money of account (see account n. 1).

1426 Lydg. De Guil. Pilgr. 17614 Thys hand in frenshe‥Ys callyd ‘Poitevyneresse’, For yt forgeth‥A monye callyd Poytevyn. 1481 Caxton Myrr. iii. xiv. 165 The monoyes were establisshed first; for as moche as they had not of alle thinges necessarye to gydre. 1588 J. Read tr. Arcæus' Compend. Meth. 69, I made an orifice with the Trepan, to the greatnes of a siluer mony called a Roiall. 1617 Moryson Itin. i. 285 Now I will set downe the divers moneys of Germany with the severall values of them. c1630 T. Mun Eng. Treas. (1664) 4 He ought to know the Measures, Weights, and Monies of all forraign Countries. a1637 B. Jonson Discov. Consuetudo etc. (1640), Custome is the most certaine Mistresse of Language, as the publicke stampe makes the current money. 1648 C. Walker Hist. Independ. i. 169 Francis Allen a poor Goldsmith.‥ In honour of whom Clipped moneys are now called (Allens). 1756 Nugent Gr. Tour, Germany II. 62 At Cologne, the most remarkable money is the rixdollar. 1837 Penny Cycl. VIII. 328/1 Constantine I. introduced the milliarensis, worth somewhere about a shilling of our money. 1839 Ibid. XV. 322/1 The denominations‥of the different moneys current among the chief nations of antiquity. 1885 Athenæum 30 May 690/1 The reasons for these changes in coinage, the intentions of those who issued moneys‥are often almost unknown.


3. a. Coin considered in reference to its value or purchasing power; hence, property or possessions of any kind viewed as convertible into money or having value expressible in terms of money.

c1290 S. Eng. Leg. I. 262/41 Non oþur Moneye, heo seide, ich ne habbe bote mi-self her. 1377 Langl. P. Pl. B. xiii. 394 To marchaunden with monoye [v.r. moneie] and maken her eschaunges. c1386 Chaucer Prol. 705 Up-on a day he gat him more moneye Than that the person gat in monthes tweye. c1430 Lydg. London Lyckpeny i, But for lack of mony I cold not spede. 1529 More Suppl. Soulys Wks. 325/2 Then were he very cruell in that he deliuereth them not without monei. 1539 Bible 1 Tim. vi. 10 For couetousnes of money is the rote of all euyll. 1651 Hobbes Leviath. ii. xxii. 122 Sometimes Iustice cannot be had without mony. 1718 Lady M. W. Montagu Lett. (1887) II. 237 'Tis his business to get money, and hers to spend it. 1753 Hanway Trav. II. i. iii. 15 They have introduced the custom of giving money to servants. 1776 Adam Smith W. N. iv. i. ⁋1 Wealth and money‥are, in common language, considered as in every respect synonymous. 1879 Froude Cæsar xviii. 301 He already owed half a million of money. 1890 Murray's Mag. June 764 He'll come into a lot of money some fine day.


b. with demonstrative or possessive adj., designating a sum applied to a particular purpose or in the possession of a particular person.

a1300 Cursor M. 16475 Here i yeld yow yur mone, ges me a-gain mi war. c1330 R. Brunne Chron. (1725) 308 Þat tyme no þing he wrouht, bot spendid his mone. 1463 Bury Wills (Camden) 27 This mony not to be delyuerid to noon of hem. 1590 Shakes. Com. Err. iv. i. 63 The monie that you owe me for the Chaine. c1645 [see fool n.1 1d]. 1684 Bunyan Pilgr. ii. (1862) 351 Then said one of them, I will pay you when I take my Mony. 1818 Cruise Digest (ed. 2) I. 477 Notwithstanding the father paid the whole money. 1838 D. Jerrold Men of Character (1851) 320 The highway laconism of ‘your money or your life!’ 1891 Kipling Light that Failed iii, Come back when your money's spent.


c. considered as a commodity in the market (for loan, etc.).

a1687 Petty Pol. Arith. vi. (1691) 100 It is certain that mony which payeth those Rents, and driveth on Trade, must have increased also. 1691 Sir D. North Disc. Trade Pref. B2, Money is a Merchandize, whereof there may be a glut, as well as a scarcity. 1776 Adam Smith W. N. iv. i, It is not any scarcity of gold and silver, but the difficulty which such people find in borrowing, and which their creditors find in getting payment, that occasions the general complaint of the scarcity of money. 1797 Burke Regic. Peace iii. Sel. Wks. III. 208 The value of money must be judged, like every thing else, from it's rate at market. 1878 Encycl. Brit. XVI. 721/1 In mercantile phraseology the value of money means the interest charged for the use of loanable capital. Thus, when the market rate of interest is high money is said to be dear, when it is low money is regarded as cheap.


d. a certain money (see certain n. 5b).

c1380 Antecrist in Todd 3 Treat. Wyclif 149 To sett þereon her syngnet for a certeyne moneye. 1556 Chron. Gr. Friars (Camden) 70 [She] gave hare husbande a sartyne mony a yere dureynge hys lyffe.


e. Wages, salary; one's pay.

1887 Parish & Shaw Dict. Kentish Dial. 103 He's getting good money, I reckon. 1916 G. B. Shaw Pygmalion ii. 143 His proper trade's a navvy; and he works at it sometimes‥and earns good money at it. 1920 E. O'Neill Beyond the Horizon ii. i. 85 If that's the case, you can go to the devil.‥ You'll get your money tomorrow when I get back from town. 1963 H. Garner in R. Weaver Canad. Short Stories (1968) 2nd Ser. 45 Nobody really liked working for Malloy-Harrison, but the money was better than most places.


4. pl. Properly = ‘sums of money’, but often indistinguishable from the sing. (sense 3). Now chiefly in legal and quasi-legal parlance, or as an archaism.

1382 Wyclif 2 Macc. iii. 6 And tolde to hym the tresorie in Jerusalem for to be ful with moneys [Vulg. pecuniis] vnnoumbreable. 1625 Bacon Ess., Usury (end), No Man will Lend his Moneyes farre off, nor put them into Vnknown Hands. 1632 Lithgow Trav. iv. 140 [He] furnished him with great moneys, and other necessaries. 1734 tr. Rollin's Anc. Hist. xix. v. (1827) VIII. 163 To make him a present of the monies arising from that sale. 1822 Byron Werner ii. ii, But to steal The moneys of a slumbering man! 1865 Morn. Star 3 Feb., A young woman, was charged‥with stealing from the person of Robert Tharston,‥7s. 6d., his moneys. 1866 Crump Banking v. 118 An agreement to pay the bill when certain monies were realised. 1871 R. Ellis tr. Catullus xxix. 22 Is not all his act To swallow monies, empty purses heap on heap?


¶From Shakespeare onwards, the use of the pl. for the sing. has been commonly attributed to Jews, whose supposed pronunciation is sometimes ridiculed by the spelling ‘monish’.

1596 Shakes. Merch. V. i. iii. 117 You come to me, and you say, Shylocke, we would haue moneyes. 1794 Cumberland Jew ii. ii, Sheva. Why truly, monies is a goot thing. 1819 Scott Ivanhoe xi, ‘O’, said the Jew, ‘you are come to pay moneys.‥And from whom dost thou bring it?’


5. With defining word, forming specific phrases, as big money: see big a. B. 2; †chief money = capital; dirty money: see dirty a. 6b; even money, equal betting, also attrib.; †present, †real money = ready money; †single, small money, small change; †Spanish money slang (see quot. 1700).
For hard, soft money see hard a. 2, soft a. Freq. with prefixed n., denoting the reason or purpose for which money is expended, as beer-money (beer n.1 4), blood-money, card-money (card n.2 14), conscience-money (conscience 16c), †copy-money, gate-money (gate n.1 13), hush-money, pocket-money, smart-money, etc.

a1380 St. Bernard 738 in Horstm. Altengl. Leg. (1878) 53 Ȝif i take þe þe chef moneye [L. capitale] Wiþ to pleye. 1553 Stanford Churchw. Acc. in Antiquary XVII. 117 It. of ye parisheoners for crowche monay or paschull monay iiijs. vijd. 1590 Shakes. Com. Err. iv. i. 34, I am not furnish'd with the present monie. 1591 Greene 2nd Pt. Conny-c. (1592) D2, [There] came another and bought a knife and should haue single money again. 1611 Donne Anat. World, 1st Anniv. 234 And that rich Indie which doth gold interre, Is but as single money coyn'd from her. 1685 Petty Last Will p. v, Which‥raised me an estate of about 13000l. in ready and real money. a1700 B. E. Dict. Cant. Crew, Spanish-money, fair Words and Compliments. 1722 De Foe Plague (1884) 106 Small Money to make up any odd Sum. 1903 Daily News 8 Aug. 4/5 If number five wins the bank collects all the even-money bets.


6. Phrases, etc. a. Proverbs. money makes the mare (or †horse) to go; money is the sinews (or †nerves) of war (cf. Cicero Phil. v. ii. 5 ‘nervos belli, pecuniam infinitam’); time is money; etc.

c1450 Cov. Myst. (Shaks. Soc.) 268 In old termys I have herde seyde That mony makyth Schapman. 1573 J. Sandford Hours Recreat. (1576) 213 Money makes the horsse to goe. 1605 Bacon Adv. Learn. ii. xxiii. §38 But that opinion I may condemne with like reason as Macchiauell doth that other: that monies were the sinews of the warres. 1611 Bible I Tim. vi. 10 The loue of money is the root of all euill. 1638 [see nerve n. 2]. c1645 [see fool n.1 1d]. 1660 T. M. C. Walker's Hist. Independ. iv. 65 The Army could not subsist without money (which is the Nerve of War). 1659, 1698 [see mare1 1b]. 1681 A. Behn Rover II. iii. i. 43 Money speaks sense in a Language all Nations understand. 1748 B. Franklin Advice to Young Tradesman in Writings (1905) II. 371 Remember that time is money. 1792 Wolcot (P. Pindar) More Money, Odes to Mr. Pitt iv, 'Tis money makes the old mare trot. 1845 C. Lever Let. in L. Stevenson Dr. Quicksilver (1939) ix. 149 You have paid your money, and you may take your choice. 1846 Punch 3 Jan. 17 (caption) You pays your money, and you takes your choice. 1853 T. T. Lynch Lect. Self Improvement v. 113 Money is power—power for bread and power for tinsel. 1861 Trafford City & Suburb xiv, Money makes money, it is said. 1886 Baring-Gould Court Royal xliii, Time was money to Mr. Cheek. He did not allow the grass to grow under his feet. 1898 G. B. Shaw Arms & Man II. iii. 57 A twenty leva bill! Sergius gave me that, out of pure swagger. A fool and his money are soon parted. 1903 Sat. Even. Post 5 Sept. 12/1 When money talks it often merely remarks ‘Good-by’. 1905 ‘O. Henry’ in N.Y. World Mag. 12 Nov. 8/1 Money talks. But you may think that the conversation of a little old ten-dollar bill in New York would be nothing more than a whisper. 1927 E. O'Neill Marco Millions i. ii. 36 He'll have time enough for that, but with us time is money. Ibid. iii. 44 Money isn't everything, not always. 1930 G. B. Means Strange Death of President Harding iv. 72 One can do nothing—be nothing, without money, not even in the White House. Money is power. 1952 W. G. Hardy Unfulfilled 199 Money isn't everything. 1956 A. Wilson Anglo-Saxon Attitudes ii. ii. 277 Yeah, he's on the Market.‥ You know the sort of stuff. Money talks and so on. 1965 Times 14 July 8/4 In the Government today were known supporters of C.N.D. Why? Because the Prime Minister put them there. Why? Because he shared their views? Because it was expedient to do so? Because he was practising some duplicity? Why? ‘You pays your money and you takes your choice.’


b. for money: in return or exchange for money. for or at the money: at the price paid. for love or money: see love n.1 7c. (so and so) for my money, a colloq. expression of approbation = ‘‥is what I desire or like’, ‘‥is my choice’, ‘give me‥’; for my money: also = in my opinion. †to take eggs for (one's) money: see egg n. 4. to have a run for one's money: see run n.1 1d.

c1330 R. Brunne Chron. (1725) 246 Þei wer out of þe tour delyuerd for mone. c1380 Wyclif Wks. (1880) 241 Whanne prelatis‥fauouren hem in synne for moneye. 1513 Bradshaw St. Werburge i. 1677 There was habundaunce Of all-maner pleasures to be had for monye. 1549 [see go v. 24b]. 1566 E. H. tr. Erasmus's Diuersoria sig. B2v This behauiour doth well beseme Frenchmen peraduenture, how be it the fashions of Duche lande shall go for my monye when all is done. 1589 [see go v. 24b]. 1599 Shakes. Much Ado ii. iii. 63 Well, a horne for my money when all's done. 1616 W. Haughton (title) English-Men for my Money. 1667 Dryden & Dk. Newcastle Sir M. Mar-All v. i, They may talk what they will of Oxford for an university, but Cambridge for my money. 1700 [see give v. 3c]. a1734 North Life Dudley North (1744) 181 It is certain the Pamphlet is‥utterly sunk, and a Copy not to be had for Money. 1802–12 Bentham Ration. Judic. Evid. (1827) IV. 93 The higher you pay for your dispatch, the more delay you have for your money. 1840 Spirit of Times 21 Nov. 447/3 Give me the gall, I say, that has an eye for dirt, for she is the gall for my money. 1842 S. Lover Handy Andy x, ‘You're right’, said Dick, ‘Murphy is the very man for our money’. 1882 Daily Tel. 30 Jan., Khamseen, who cost 570 guineas at Mr. Vyner's sale, is reckoned a bargain‥at the money. 1932 D. L. Sayers Have his Carcase xi. 138 Peter's the man for my money. He won't see a hardworking man lose a job for want of a good news story. 1943 N.Y. Times 9 May ii. 5/5 Glenn was, and for my money is still tops. 1954 J. Symons Narrowing Circle xiv. 59 For my money, Marian was responsible‥for the trouble we'd had. 1969 D. Clark Death after Evensong iv. 97, I wouldn't mind not finding who did Parseloe in. For my money he deserved it.


c. to make money: to acquire or earn money; also, to get money by the sale of, make a profit out of. to coin money: to acquire wealth rapidly (see coin v.1 1c). to cost money: see cost v. 1d.

1457 Paston Lett. I. 416 He‥resseyvyth but chaffr and waare for hys cornys and wollys, &c. and then most abyde along day to make money. 14721632 [see make v. 29]. 1828 W. McDowall Poems Galloway Dial. 25 When Buonaparte in splendour shone, 'Twas then I made the money. 1901 Spectator 20 July 82/1 The War Office ought not to make money out of, any more than they should subsidise, the rifle clubs.


d. (it is) everybody's or every man's money: in early use, what everybody prefers to buy; also, what everybody can afford to buy; now (mainly in negative context) what everybody would find worth its price. (Also in analogous phrases: see quots. 1625, 1712, 1851.) to be (good, bad, etc.) money: to be a (good or bad) investment, to ‘pay’. there is money in (something): money can be made out of it.

1601 Holland Pliny I. 381 The ointment of Saffron confected at Soli in Cilicia, imported for a good while and caried the praise alone: but soone after that of Rhodes was every mans money. 1625 Bacon Ess., Riches, When a Mans Stocke is come to that, that he can expect the Prime of Markets, and ouercome those Bargaines, which for their greatnesse are few Mens Money. 1653 Gataker Vind. Annot. Jer. 29 The whole work‥consists of two great volumes, and the price consequently correspondent, not every mans money, and in fewer hands therefore. 1712 Addison Spect. No. 482 ⁋1 Such a Discourse is of general Use, and every married Man's Money. 1851 Mayhew Lond. Lab. I. 91/1, I sell dry fruit, sir, in February and March, because I must be doing something, and green fruit's not my money then. Ibid. 139/1 Mignonette's everybody's money. Dahlias didn't go off so well. Ibid. (1861) III. 103, I reckon Astley's is the worst money for any man. Ibid. 130 Richardson's used‥to be more money, but now it's as bad as the rest of 'em. 1887 Pall Mall G. 1 Mar. 14/1 There is undoubtedly money in guns.


e. money burns (a hole) (in) one's pocket (or †purse) (and similar phrases): one is impatient to spend one's money. Cf. burn v.1 16.

1529 More Dyaloge of Ymagys ii. x. f.lxi, Hauyng a lytell wanton money whyche hym thought brennyd out the botom of hys purs. 1702 Farquhar Inconstant v. iii. 77 My time lyes heavy on my hands, and my Money burns in my Pocket. 1875 S. Smiles Thrift viii. 125 A man who has more money about him than he requires‥is tempted to spend it.‥ It is apt to ‘burn a hole in his pocket’. 1943 M. Lasswell Suds in your Eye xiv. 103 Her money was burning a hole in her pocket. 1958 L. Durrell Balthazar xiii. 227 I've scraped a dowry together over the years.‥ The money burns my pocket. 1972 A. S. Neill Neill! Neill! Orange Peel! ii. 238 Today, I don't see the young‥saving money. It burns a hole in their pockets.


f. your money or your life: a formula used by highwaymen, etc., in threatening to kill a person if he does not hand over money.

1841 F. A. Burney Jrnl. 23 Feb. (1926) 321 Mr. Dixon attempted expostulation, upon which the Highwayman drew out a Pistol,‥exclaiming, with an oath, ‘Your money or your life!’ 1848 J. A. Froude Let. 16 May in W. H. Dunn Froude (1961) I. 118 Nothing will open rich John Bull's understanding but a hand at his throat and ‘Your money or your life’. 1864 J. Payn Lost Sir Massingberd II. xiii. 212 A pistol, was protruded into the carriage. ‘Your money or your life!‥,’ said a rough voice.


g. in the money: among the prize-winners in a competition, show, or the like; amply or sufficiently supplied with money; rich.

1902 ‘D. Dix’ Fables of Elite 48 It is True that when the Spurt is over I am generally in the Money. 1928 Morning Post 20 Oct. 6/1 One of them is to-day a full champion, the other three all winners, and ‘in the money’, as the fanciers say, whenever shown. 1945 G. Casey in Coast to Coast 1944 3 Shift her round like you was doin' yesterday and you'll be in the money. 1946 L. Bromfield World we live In 325 Being in the money at the moment, I said that of course I'd lend her any reasonable amount. 1969 T. Parker Twisting Lane 200 She said we could stay there rent free until I was in the money again.


h. money for jam, money for old rope (and similar phrases): a profitable return for little or no trouble; a very easy job; someone or something easy to profit from, beat, etc.

1919 Athenæum 8 Aug. 727/2 The great use of jam in the Army‥originated a number of phrases, such as ‘money for jam’ (money for nothing). 1927 T. E. Lawrence Let. 22 Sept. (1938) 540 Recently I made nearly ten pounds out of reviewing eleven books. Money for jam, as the airman says. 1936 J. Curtis Gilt Kid xiii. 134 He would spin her a fanny about the marriage laws, tie the poor kid up. It ought to be money for old rope. 1942 E. Waugh Put out More Flags 150 At the moment there were no mortars and he was given instead a light and easily manageable counterfeit of wood which was slung on the back of his haversack, relieving him of a rifle. At present it was money for old rope. 1958 ‘A. Gilbert’ Death against Clock iv. 47 If he saw the wallet it must have seemed money for jam. 1966 ‘L. Lane’ ABZ of Scouse 70 Money fer owd rope, something for nothing. Other similar phrases are money fer dirt; money fer raggety kecks; money fer jam, etc., etc. 1973 A. Hunter Gently French iii. 24 Wasn't no risk, it was money for jam. 1974 N. Bentley Inside Information v. 52 I'll advance you another two hundred. Christ, that's money for old rope.


i. not everybody's money: not to everybody's liking.

1923 J. Manchon Le Slang 196 You ain't everybody's money, vous ne pouvez pas plaire à tout le monde. 1933 ‘G. Orwell’ Let. c 10 Dec. in Coll. Ess. (1968) I. 128 As to the actual writing in Ulysses, it isn't everybody's money, but personally I think it is superb in places.


j. to put one's money on: to bet on (a horse, etc.); also fig., to favour or depend on; to expect the success of.

1931 T. R. G. Lyell Slang, Phrase & Idiom 528 If you've got any sense, you'll put your money on that horse I told you of. 1963 Listener 21 Feb. 341/3 She does not put all her money on love. 1969 Ibid. 8 May 636/1 A century hence, prophesied one critic, it would be only ‘the careless glance of curiosity, or the student's all-ranging eye’ that would turn upon the Little Nells and Paul Dombeys; he put his money instead on Dickens's humour.


k. to put (or get) one's money where one's mouth is: to produce, bet, or pay out money to support one's statements or opinions. orig. N. Amer.

1942 Z. N. Hurston in A. Dundes Mother Wit (1973) 224/1 ‘Put your money where your mouth is!’ he challenged. 1951 Amer. Speech XXVI. 99/1 Get your money where your mouth is, a phrase [in poker] which means, ‘put up or shut up’. 1970 Globe & Mail (Toronto) 26 Sept. 7/3 Eventually it got to the point when he suggested that maybe I was the guy who should take it on. Sort of put your money where your mouth is. 1975 A. Price Our Man in Camelot v. 95 The squadron betting book the barman keeps‥for guys who are ready to put their money where their mouth is.


l. to have money to burn: see burn v.1 8d.


7. attrib. and Comb. a. simple attrib., as money-affair, money-bond, money-chest, †money-codger (= miser), money-coffer, money-controversy, money-debt, money-draught, money-drawer, money-economy, money-fear, money-fine, money-flow, money-god, money-hunger, money-lust, money-market, †money-means, †money-miser, money-mulct, money-payment, money-price, money-purse, money-rent, †money-sack, money-safe, money-sense, money-slave, money-standard, money-supply, money-system, money-till, money-token, money-transaction, money-valuation, money-value, money-wages.

1702 Steele Funeral ii. i, Your Lordship will send for Him, when you are at Leisure to look upon *Money-affairs. 1837 Carlyle Fr. Rev. I. iii. viii, Rich if Court-titles and *Money-bonds can enrich him. 1836 Pusey in Liddon Life (1893) I. xvii. 393 To put a canker into the *money-chests of the Protestant landlords. 1818 Blackw. Mag. III. 402 Musty, frousy, stingy, *money-codger. 1525–6 Rec. St. Mary at Hill 331 For‥mendyng of the lock of the *money cofur within the plate chest. 1597 Beard Theatre God's Judgem. (1612) 490 If there were anie *money-controuersies to be decided. 1711 M. Henry Forgiv. Sin Wks. 1853 II. 319/2 Our Saviour in his parables alludes to *money-debts. 1890 Sir G. F. Duckett Visit. Eng. Cluniac Found. 31 He found the house with a money-debt of 935. marks. 1758 M. P.'s Let. on Navy 19 These assigned Tickets would be equal to *Money-draughts upon any responsible Banker. 1880 W. Newton Serm. for Boys & Girls (1881) 372 She had lost the key of her *money-drawer. 1942 L. B. Namier Conflicts 50 It is not easy to translate into exact figures this barter business, which is‥contrasted with the *money-economy and transactions of the Western Powers. 1962 H. R. Loyn Anglo-Saxon Eng. iv. 159 The earliest law-codes give evidence‥of the importance of a money-economy. 1927 *Money-fear [see money-lust below]. 1875 Stubbs Const. Hist. I. iii. 47 Such are the proportions of the wer-gild and the *money-fines. 1953 C. F. Hockett in Saporta & Bastian Psycholinguistics (1961) 64/1 *Money-flow (at least in one direction) is income. 1590 Spenser F. Q. ii. vii. 39 ‘Suffise it then, thou *Money God,’ (quoth hee) ‘That all thine ydle offers I refuse’. 1891 Stevenson & Osbourne Wrecker (1892) vii. 120 Far from the *money-hunger of the West. 1965 Times Lit. Suppl. 25 Nov. 1047 (Advt)., A young manhood of scheming and money-hunger in Chicago. 1927 D. H. Lawrence Let. 18 Dec. (1962) II. 1027 They must first overthrow in themselves the money-fear and *money-lust. 1930 E. Pound XXX Cantos xiv. 61 The perverts, who have set money-lust Before the pleasures of the senses. 1600–12 Rowlands Four Knaves (Percy Soc.) 63 A knight‥Intreates his father‥Some *mony-means to help him he would make. 1586 A. Day Eng. Secretary i. (1625) 45 A wretched ending of such *money-misers. 1650 Trapp Comm. Exod. xx. 17 Violence offered to a woman‥if shee were not quick, it was onely a *monie-mulct. 1799 Hull Advertiser 15 June 1/2 The house is‥subject to a *money payment in lieu of tithes. 1776 Adam Smith W. N. i. v. (1869) I. 49 Six shillings and eight pence‥in the time of Edward I, I consider as the same *money-price with a pound sterling in the present time. 1861 Maine Anc. Law v. 157 The husband‥pays a money-price to her relations for the tutelage which they surrender to him. c1821 J. W. Masters in Eng. Dial. Dict. (1903) IV. 149/2 He brought our Jack a leather cap An' Sal a *money-puss. 1878 B. F. Taylor Between Gates 273 We stood under fig-trees hung with money-purses filled with seeds. 1966 A. R. Scammell My Newfoundland 33, I kept mine [sc. a dollar bill] for weeks in my little money-purse (we never called them purses). 1792 A. Young Trav. France I. iv. 340 Much the greater part of the lands of France are not let at a *money-rent, but at one-half or one-third produce. 1848 Mill Pol. Econ. I. ii. viii. 366 An attempt to introduce‥a system of money rents and capitalist farmers. 1603 Davies Microcosm. 153 The *Money-Sacke best kept the Land from sack. 1799 Hull Advertiser 6 Oct. 3/3 Charged‥with having broken open‥the *money-safe within the said dwelling-house. 1865 D. G. Rossetti Let. 14 Sept. (1965) II. 571 This might have been‥executed‥more profitably in a *money-sense than what I did do. 1963 Times Lit. Suppl. 25 Jan. 62/3 Their hair~dressing or their money-sense. 1929 D. H. Lawrence Pansies 116 He can't help being a slave, a wage-slave, A *money-slave. 1771 Raper in Phil. Trans. LXI. 468, I discovered the Eginean Talent to have been the *money-standard of Macedon. 1878 F. A. Walker Money iv. 76 (heading) The importance of the *money supply. 1975 Times 18 June 29/7 For this year a 15 per cent rise in the money supply and a 1212 per cent rise in gnp‥would be the right interim targets. 1929 D. H. Lawrence Pansies 109 Why don't we do something about the *money system? 1857 Quinland I. ii. ii. 289 If the stars were extinguished, it would not disturb him, unless his *money-till were upset. 1937 C. M. Arensberg Irish Countryman 175 His or her remittances would eventually reach his money-till. 1875 Jowett Plato (ed. 2) III. 242 They will need a market-place, and a *money-token for purposes of exchange. 1858 Ld. St. Leonards Handy-Bk. Prop. Law xviii. 133 Looking at this as a simple *money transaction. 1848 Mill Pol. Econ., Prel. Remarks, I. 5 He accepted these [goods] at a *money valuation. 1870 Emerson Soc. & Solit., Eloquence Wks. (Bohn) III. 32 In old countries, a high *money-value is set on the service of men who have achieved a personal distinction. 1817 Malthus Popul. (ed. 5) I. 31 An increased number of labourers receiving the same *money-wages will necessarily, by their competition, increase the money price of corn.


b. objective and objective genitive, as money-borrower, money-catcher, money-clipper, money-coiner, money-getter, money-grabber, money-hoarder, money-loser, money-lover, money-raiser, money-spender, money-teller, †money-thirster; money-breeding, money-catching, money-changing, money-clipping, money-earning, money-getting, money-grabbing, money-grasping, money-losing, money-loving, money-meditating, money-raising, money-saving, money-spending, money-sucking vbl. ns. and ppl. adjs.; money-conscious, money-directed adjs.; c. advb. and instrumental, as money-bloated, money-distressed, money-mad, money-minded, money-mouthed, †money spelled (= spellbound) adjs.

a1845 Syd. Smith Ballot Wks. 1859 II. 306/1 The *money-bloated blockhead. 1766 Goldsm. Vic. W. iii, Though he was a *money-borrower. 1796 M. Robinson Angelina I. 71 The blustering,‥*money-breeding savage, her father. 1702 C. Mather Magn. Chr. vii. 33 The Disciples of this *Money-catcher became so Exceeding Fierce. 1841 Emerson Lect., Man the Reformer Wks. (Bohn) II. 236 The most bronzed and sharpened money-catcher. 1737 (title) The Pleasant Art of *Money-Catching. 1938 G. Greene Nineteen Stories (1947) 76 Mr. Calloway sat on his usual seat staring out over the *money-changing booths at the United States. 1759 B. Martin Nat. Hist. Eng. I. Somerset 68 A notorious shelter for Robbers and *Money-clippers. 1563–87 Foxe A. & M. (1596) 311/1 About which time also,‥Iewes for *monie clipping were put to execution. 1715 Leoni Palladio's Archit. (1742) II. 78 The Mensarii had the inspection over *Money-Coiners, and Bankers. 1933 *Money-conscious [see conscious a. 12]. 1963 Times 1 May 15/4 The parties being money-conscious to the highest degree. 1970 T. Hilton Pre-Raphaelites vi. 171 The destructiveness of capitalist society, its callous and *money-directed disregard of culture. 1852 Thackeray Esmond i. xiv, Few fond women feel *money-distressed. 1912 J. London Let. 7 Sept. (1966) 364 My long stuff is pretty good at *money-earning. 1813 L. Hunt in Examiner 26 Apr. 257/2 An assembly of jobbers and *money-getters. 1653 Walton Angler i. 5 *Money-getting men. 1836 J. H. Newman Par. Serm. (ed. 2) II. xxviii. 395 A life of money-getting is a life of care. 1875 Jowett Plato (ed. 2) I. 190 Socrates makes a playful allusion to his money-getting habits. 1903 Eng. Dial. Dict. s.v., He's a regular *money grabber. 1933 Times Lit. Suppl. 27 Apr. 283/3 A money-grabber, notorious in a money-grabbing age. 1920 D. H. Lawrence Touch & Go 9 We say it is a mere material struggle, a *money-grabbing affair. 1789 Wolcot (P. Pindar) Expost. Odes iii, Perdition catch the *money-grasping wretch. 1643 Trapp Comm. Gen. xxiii. 16 It may well be said of *money-hoarders, they have no quick-silver, no currant money. 1795 Ld. Auckland Corr. (1862) III. 301 The *money-holders know‥that the whole continental system is involved in calamity. 1928 Weekly Dispatch 6 May 15 About 30 [musical comedies] prove to be *money-losers. 1963 E. Humphreys Gift ii. iv. 239 If a reputation for being a money-loser had reached as far as Barrot's ears, there was very little hope of him ever making a film again. 1870 J. K. Medbery Men & Myst. Wall St. 200 It is the greatest money-making and *money-losing spot on the globe. 1960 Farmer & Stockbreeder 16 Feb. 87/2 All your life you have heard that farming is a money-losing proposition. 1832 A. Grant Mem. (1844) III. 214 He is no *money-lover, and is kind-hearted. 1703 Rowe Fair Penit. i. i. 54 Sour, unrelenting, *Mony-loving Villains. 1768 Woman of Honor III. 219 That *money-mad avarice. 1929 D. H. Lawrence Pansies 79 Fear of my money-mad fellow-men. 1965 G. Jackson Let. 16 Mar. in Soledad Brother (1971) 69 The shocks and strains of this money-mad society are enough to ruin the purest of minds. 1974 A. Ross Bradford Business 169 Money-mad property developers. 1749 Fielding Tom Jones xi. ix, Not so travels the *money-meditating tradesman. 1588 W. Kempe Educ. Children sig. C3 One of these *money minded parents. 1957 Times Lit. Suppl. 20 Dec. 769/4 The insistence of the more money-minded directors on its premature exploration. 1604 Pricket Honors Fame (1881) 4 Some golden *mony mouthed eloquence, that vseth a detractors Oratory. 1909 Westm. Gaz. 11 Aug. 1/3 This remarkable man began his career as a *money-raiser fifteen years ago with an £8,000 collection. 1955 W. Dean in H. Van Thal Fanfare for E. Newman v. 61 Don Giovanni in Trianon's version and Nicolai's Merry Wives of Windsor had to be put on as money-raisers. 1960 Farmer & Stockbreeder 29 Mar. 105/3 The huge success of *money-raising efforts. 1826 E. Irving Babylon I. iv. 311 Legislation upon any principle but that of money-making, or *money-saving, hath gone to sleep. 1615 T. Adams White Devil 42 A mercenary tongue and a *money-spel'd conscience. 1920 Edin. Rev. July 163 Meleager was always a *money spender rather than a money maker. 1900 J. London Let. 1 Mar. (1966) 97 The habit of *money spending. 1911 H. Granville Barker Madras House iii. 91 The Middle Class Women of England form one of the greatest Money Spending Machines the world has ever seen. 1921 Galsworthy To Let ii. v. 162 A lot of slow-fly *money-sucking officials. 1594 R. Ashley tr. Loys le Roy 29b, *Money-tellers, and changers. 1651 French Distill. Pref. *3b, Did you never heare of a vapouring fellow‥that‥was‥caught aside by *money-thirsters?


8. Special combinations: money-back a., designating a system, agreement, etc., whereby a customer will be refunded the money he pays, if he is not satisfied with the goods or service provided; †money-bank = bank n.3 2 or 7; so †money-banker; †money-batterer, a clipper or sweater of coin; †money-bawd, derisive name for a userer; money-belt orig. U.S., a belt designed for carrying money; money-bill, a bill in Parliament for granting supplies; money-broker, a money-dealer; money bug U.S. slang, a person having great wealth or financial power; money centre U.S., a place of pre-eminent importance in the financial affairs of a region or country; spec. New York; money-clause, a clause (in a Parliamentary bill) for granting supplies; money-column, (a) a portion of an account-book page or the like, marked off by vertically ruled lines for the reception of figures denoting sums of money; (b) the column of a newspaper devoted to the money-market; money-cowrie = cowrie 1a; money crop U.S., a crop that is grown mainly for selling and not for the grower's consumption; = cash-crop; money-dealer, one who deals in money in the way of exchange, banking, lending, etc.; so money-dealing vbl. n.; †money-dropper, a sharper who drops a piece of money and then pretends to have found it, in order to obtain the confidence of his intended dupe; money-flower, the plant Honesty, Lunaria biennis; †money-gentleman, a ‘money-man’ (see below) of good position; money-gold rare, gold coin; money illusion (orig. U.S.), the illusion that money has a fixed value in terms of its purchasing power; money-jobber, a dealer in money or coin; so money-jobbing vbl. n.; money king U.S., a magnate in finance; a person of great wealth; money-letter, a letter containing money; money-man, a financier; also (nonce-use) one who desires money; money market, (a) the sphere of operation of the dealers in loans, stocks and shares, etc.; (b) a place in which the financial activity of a region is centred; †money-master, one who possesses large funds with which he does business, a capitalist; †money-merchant, a trader in money, money-dealer; money-order, an order for payment of a specified sum, issued at one post-office and payable at another (in British official use restricted to what is popularly called a post-office order, in which the name of the payee does not appear on the order, but is transmitted from the issuing to the paying office in a ‘letter of advice’; thus distinguished from the postal order); money-player, (a) U.S., a type of gambler (see quot. 1935); (b) a professional, as opposed to an amateur; money-pot, an earthenware money-box from which coins can be taken only by breaking the vessel; money-power, (a) the power to coin money, regulate its use, etc.; (b) the power exercised by money or by wealthy people, firms, etc.; money-quake, a financial smash of seismic magnitude; †money-scrivener, one whose business it is to raise loans, put money out at interest, etc., on behalf of his clients (see scrivener); money-shark orig. U.S., an avaricious money-dealer; money shop, a shop where money can be obtained; spec. an establishment which performs more conveniently many of the functions of a bank, and specializes in arranging loans; money-spider = next (a); also, a spider of the genus Salticus; money-spinner, (a) a small spider, Aranea scenica, supposed to bring good luck in money or other matters to the person over whom it crawls; (b) one who makes great profits by speculation or usury; also, a person who, or thing which, makes a lot of money; something that is very profitable; hence money-spinning vbl. n. and ppl. a.; money-taker, †(a) one who takes bribes; (b) one who is appointed to receive payments of money, esp. one who is set at the entrance of a place of entertainment to receive the money for admission.

1922 Weekly Dispatch 12 Nov. 4 (Advt.), All our business is conducted on the ‘*Moneyback’ principle; that is to say, if you are not perfectly satisfied with your purchase return it to us within seven days and we will refund your money in full by return of post. 1955 Radio Times 22 Apr. 2/3 Sisco paints are sold on a ‘money back’ guarantee. 1972 Farm & Country 19 Dec. 13/3 We are certain that you will be satisfied and offer a money back guarantee. a1628 F. Grevil Sidney (1652) 230 That provident Lady‥made his credit swell through all the *money-banks of Europe. 1677 A. Yarranton Eng. Improv. 18 All persons that have designs to get considerable Sums of Moneys into their hands for intended designs, or hazardous adventures, apply themselves to the *Money-Bankers. c1515 Cocke Lorell's B. (Percy Soc.) 11 Players, purse cutters, *money baterers, Golde washers. 1626 B. Jonson Staple of N. 2nd Intermeane, Old Couetousnesse,‥the *Money-bawd, who is a flesh-bawd too, they say. 1846 St. Louis (Missouri) Reveille 9 Sept. 3/2 The stock consists, in part, of Shirts, Collars,‥*Money Belts. 1923 Outward Bound Mar. 408/2 Among cowboys‥one might‥leave one's money-belt full of gold and notes beside the fire. 1958 P. Kemp No Colours or Crest viii. 174, I had a hundred gold sovereigns in my money belt. a1715 Burnet Own Time iii. (1724) I. 439 The House of Commons gave a *money bill for this. 1827 Hallam Const. Hist. (1876) III. xiii. 27 The long agitated question of the right of the lords to make alterations in money-bills. 1616 B. Jonson in Browne's Past. ii. To Author, Or, like our *Money-Brokers, take vp names On credit, and are cossen'd. 1833 J. Holland Manuf. Metal II. v. 113 Mr. Rothschild, the eminent capitalist and money-broker. 1898 People 20 Mar. 4/4 The happiness or the misery of 3 millions of people wholly dependent on the whims and caprices of, say, half a dozen ‘*money bugs’, as they are called in the States. 1922 Public Opinion 11 Aug. 132/2 The profiteering class, money bugs as the Americans call them. 1838 D. D. Barnard Speeches & Rep. 36 Composed of twenty-six local sovereignties, of all which New-York is the *money centre, as London is the money centre of half the world. 1900 Congress. Rec. 17 Feb. 1897/2 Gilt-edged paper can be placed in the money-centers at a small per cent. 1844 Ld. Brougham Brit. Const. xvii. (1862) 266 The assent of the Lords to a *money-clause is just as necessary as to any other part of a Bill. 1727–51 Chambers Cycl. s.v. Book-keeping, They may keep the debt and credit both on one side, by double *money-columns. 1861 Chamb. Encycl. II. 227/2 The first money-column on each page is for the discount, and the second for the cash. 1906 Daily Chron. 23 May 6/4 A keen eye intent on the money-column [of a newspaper]. 1839 Sowerby Conch. Man. 65 *Money Cowry, Cypræa Moneta. 1881 Harper's Mag. Oct. 723/1 Cotton is the *money crop. 1904 T. Watson Bethany 5 They never failed to make it their object to produce on the farm the necessary supplies, tobacco or cotton being merely the surplus crop, the money crop. 1974 S. Marcus Minding the Store (1975) xii. 243 Until about 1932, Texas had essentially an agriculturally based economy. By 1905 cotton was the money crop. 1787 Hawkins Life Johnson 423 A company of *money-dealers, who, in their time, held the balance of the Antwerp exchange. 1866 Crump Banking i. 1 Some authorities assert that the Lombard merchants commenced the business of *money-dealing. 1748 Smollett Rod. Rand. xv, A rascally *money-dropper, who made it his business to decoy strangers in that manner to one of his own haunts. 1578 *Mony floure, 1597 money flower [see penny-flower s.v. penny 12]. 1665 Pepys Diary 7 Apr., Unless the King can get some nobleman or rich *money-gentleman to lend him money. 1841 N.Z. Jrnl. No. 32. 92 Natives talk about *money-gold. 1842 Lett. Settlers in Wellington, Nelson & New Plymouth (1843) 137 We can get them [sc. pigs] from the natives for blankets, or for ‘money gold’ as they call it, which we call sovereigns. 1925 J. Gregory Bab of Backwoods xxiii. 283 Gold that had‥been dull bits of ore dug from rocky hillsides; that men had taken and made into money-gold. 1928 I. Fisher Money Illusion (1929) i. 4 The ‘*Money Illusion’ ‥, the failure to perceive that the dollar, or any other unit of money, expands or shrinks in value. 1975 Times 30 June 12/8 Money illusion is, as in Germany, dying‥as people spend indexed wages rather than save. 1696 J. Cary Ess. Coyn 9 The People were again furnish'd by the *Money-Jobbers, with new Arguments against the Government. 1798 Bp. Watson Address People Gt. Brit. 5 Money-jobbers, who deal in large speculations on credit. 1790 Burke Fr. Rev. 277 By this means the spirit of *money-jobbing and speculation goes into the mass of land itself. 1838 D. D. Barnard Speeches & Rep. 106 To see him [sc. the President] sit as a great *money king over the nation. 1900 Congress. Rec. 7 Feb. 1610/1 Where ought control of the currency to rest?‥ At present the banks and the money kings wield this power. 1886 W. J. Tucker E. Europe 85 As to those with the parcels, or *money-letters, ask them to wait. 1575–85 Abp. Sandys Serm. i. 5 As before he exhorted vs to come and buie freely, without monie; because God is no *monie man. 1662 Pepys Diary 18 Sept., To dinner to Sheriff Maynell's, the great money-man. 1928 Money man [see date v. 2d]. 1958 Money-man [see cackle n. 3a]. 1973 Times 2 Feb. 14/7 New York money men have been known to quake in the knowledge that they have on deposit $1,000m of overnight money. 1791 A. Hamilton Establishment of Mint in Wks. (1810) I. 291 In Holland, the greatest *money market of Europe, gold was to silver‥as 1 to 14·88. 1816 Scott Antiquary II. vii. 190 In the present state of the money-market. 1861 Goschen For. Exch. 10 The power which foreign capitalists, holders of bills of exchange upon England, may exert over our money-market. 1883 Century Mag. Sept. 691/2 Wall Street‥is the money market of the whole country. 1964 Financial Times 12 Mar. 10/2 South Africa has developed a money market which, in relation to national income, handles a larger volume of funds than the traditional London discount market. 1604 T. M. Black Bk. in Middleton's Wks. (Bullen) VIII. 28 An hoary *money-master‥his only recreation was but to hop about the Burse. 1630 R. Johnson's Kingd. & Commw. 339 They are great Bankers and mony Masters. 1647 Trapp Comm. Matt. xxi. 12 Christ is everyday casting out of his Church all these *money merchants. a1656 Hales Gold. Rem. iii. Serm., etc. (1673) 26 Augustinus Chiessius, a Banker, a Money-merchant at Rome. 1802 in H. Joyce Hist. Post Office (1893) 438 At Sight pay‥one Pound‥and place the same to the Account of the *Money Order Office. a1861 A. H. Clough Mari Magno in Poems (1871) 320 The money-order had been cashed. 1893 in H. Joyce Hist. Post Office (1893) 420 The Money Order Office had been established in 1792. 1972 Post Office Guide 590 Inland money orders are issued by and payable at all money order offices. 1935 A. J. Pollock Underworld Speaks 77/1 *Money player, the tougher the game, this particular gambler excels on account of having lots of nerve. 1944 Gen 11 Mar. 30 It is one of the die-hard notions that no money-player is fit to lead an England team. 1681 Grew Musæum iv. §iv. 381 A Roman *Money-Pot‥fashion'd almost like a Pint Jug without a Neck. Closed at the top, and having a Notch on one side, as in a Christmas-Box. 1829 H. R. Doc. 21st U.S. Congress 1 Sess. No. 6. 12 The application of the *money power of the Government to regulate the unequal action. 1831 T. H. Benton in Reg. Deb. Congress U.S. 2 Feb. 50/2 The money power of the bank is both direct and indirect. 1840 J. S. Mill in Edin. Rev. LXXII. 11 The additions to the ‘money-power’ of the higher ranks, consist of the riches of the novi homines who are continually aggregated to that class from among the merchants and manufacturers. 1926 R. H. Tawney Religion & Rise of Capitalism ii. 89 When he [sc. Luther] looks at German social life, he finds it ridden by a conscienceless money-power, which incidentally ministers‥to the avarice and corruption of Rome. 1959 Ann. Reg. 1958 90 The United Party was pictured as being‥dominated by jingoes and in the hands of the money-power. 1841 Hor. Smith Moneyed Man III. iii. 67 A *money-quake, whose explosion should hurl all their fortunes into the air. 1852 Mundy Our Antipodes (1857) 20 At the time of the general money-quake he fell like the rest—failing for an immense sum. 1704 Luttrell Brief Rel. (1857) V. 414 Mr. Adams, an eminent *money scrivener of this citty,‥is gone aside (as tis said) for 50,000l. a1784 Johnson in Boswell Life (1816) III. 20 Jack Ellis, a money scrivener behind the Royal Exchange. 1844 Congress. Globe 28th Congress 2 Sess. App. 37/2 Banks‥managed‥by a set of irresponsible *money sharks. 1972 G. F. Newman You Nice Bastard 347 Moneyshark, unlicenced money-lender (operating at especially high rates of interest). 1816 Scott Let. 23 July (1932) I. 502 You had better be looking out & inquiring after some *money-shop, as we shall have enough of bills. 1972 Guardian 9 June 11 The new ‘money shop’ branches which are sprouting up in the High Streets.‥ Money shops are not really banks at all.‥ ‘Loan shop’‥is still the best shorthand description. 1875 Melliss St. Helena 217 Salticus nigrolimbatus, Cambr.—The large black and white ‘Fly-catcher’ or ‘*Money-spider’, as it is commonly called. 1879 N. & Q. Ser. v. XII. 229 The superstition in connexion with so-called ‘money-spiders’. 1756 F. Brooke Old Maid No. 36. 289 Last night you were more pleased than a wise woman ought to have been, at seeing a *money-spinner upon your handkerchief. 1859 G. A. Sala Twice round Clock 69 The clown, the dunderheaded moneyspinner who votes that books are ‘rubbish’. 1862 Sala Seven Sons I. x. 253 The son of a city money-spinner of mushroom extraction. c1880 A. W. Pinero Money Spinner (1890) 22 Have you forgotten my father's [gaming] house.‥ Have you forgotten what they called me then, because of my never-failing good fortune—because of my luck. They called me the Money Spinner! 1952 W. Granville Dict. Theatr. Terms 119 Money-spinner, a successful play or artiste. 1954 G. Smith Flaw in Crystal 87 He found he had a pretty knack of writing so that ordinary men and women could understand and feel something of the beauty he saw around him. And he turned that touch into a money-spinner. 1958 A. Wilson Middle Age of Mrs Eliot ii. 237 If he publishes anything it'll have every chance of being a money spinner. 1970 Times 23 Jan. 25/5 (Advt.), Their products range from fertilizers and basic heavy chemicals to‥complex petro-chemicals‥big money-spinners for Britain's export. 1855 F. Chamier My Travels III. iv. 95 *Money-spinning defies even a sirocco or a pestilence. 1936 J. Buchan Island of Sheep vi. 105 He's a stockbroker—a one-man firm which he founded himself. His interests? Not financial exclusively—indeed, he professes to despise the whole money-spinning business. 1973 Courier & Advertiser (Dundee) 1 Mar. 2/2 The money spinning lager boom already accounts for some 12 per cent. of the beer drunk in Britain. 1616 R. C. Times' Whistle iv. 1442 Sayth master *mony-taker, greasd i' th' fist, ‘And if thou comst in danger, for a noble I'le stand thy friend’. 1825 Hone Every-day Bk. 5 Nov. I. 1185, I paid my penny to the money-taker.