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noun, Slang.
money made easily or quickly and sometimes unscrupulously:
He speculated briefly in the commodities market in the hope of making a fast buck.


: Fast-buck speculators were getting rich on inflated FHA appraisals/ Fast-buck artists, dreamers, and even some well-heeled companies

noun phrase

Money gotten quickly, esp without too fine a concern for ethics or the future: tryin’ to hustle me for a fast buck (1940s+)
Money made quickly and easily and, often, dishonestly. For example, He’s all right, but his partner is just out for a fast buck. This expression gave rise to fast-buck artist for an individual, especially a swindler, intent on making money quickly. [ ; mid-1900s ]
Also see: easy money


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