Definition of shinplaster in English:

shinplaster

Syllabification: shin·plas·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈSHinˌplastər
 
/

noun

informal historical
1US & Australian/New Zealand A piece of paper currency or a promissory note regarded as having little or no value.
More example sentences
  • The bit of harbour shinplaster that Monrova had left over from his purchase was used to stock the galley with fruits and vegetables and cooking supplies and vodka.
  • This promise was printed prominently on the face of shinplasters to inspire trust and acceptance.
  • It is ‘faith’ and ‘law,’ which give the shinplasters of today, purchasing power.
2Canadian A twenty-five cent bill.
More example sentences
  • You will hear of short snorters, the reason we had shinplasters, the note that started the collection, the $1 bills given by a grandmother every Christmas, and other exciting tales.
  • ‘The time has come for the penny to go the way of the shinplaster,’ the MP said.

Origin

so named because of the resemblance to a square piece of paper soaked in vinegar and used to bandage the shin.

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