Fast buck

Posted by JMM on November 22, 2004

In Reply to: Fast buck posted by Li Yar on November 22, 2004

: : : : : What is a fast buck and where does it comes from?

: : : : It's a dollar, a "buck," made by illegal or unethical means, not one earned by the sweat of honest labor. (I was going to say it's a male deer and it comes out of the woods, but I restrained myself.)

: : : Usu acquired quickly

: : Easy money. Usually through something questionable or downright illegal. The opposite of earned an honest dollar.

: origin a speedy young animal?

: Li

: PS
: Rude Boy would has speculated on a particular method of earning one...

: LY

If you turn a fast buck, I suspect that may well come from poaching deer. And maybe that is indeed the origin of the buck meaning dollar.