Definition of shinplaster in English:

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shinplaster

Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪnplɑːstə/

noun

historical, informal
1US & Australian /NZ A banknote or promissory note regarded as having little or no value: ‘didn’t they tell you we don’t take no shinplasters here?’
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.
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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