greenback

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n greenback a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank) "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Greenback One of the legal tender notes of the United States; a note of paper currency of the United States; -- first issued in 1862, and having the devices on the back printed with green ink, to prevent alterations and counterfeits.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n greenback A legal-tender note of the United States: so called because the back is printed with green ink. The first issue, of $150,000,000, was authorized by a law of February 25th, 1862; the second, of the same amount, by a law of July 11th, 1862; and the third, also of $150,000,000, by a law of March 3d, 1863. By subsequent acts the amount was somewhat decreased, and an act of March 31st, 1878, had the effect of fixing the amount then current ($346,681,016) as the regular circulation.
    • n greenback The garfish, Belone vulgaris.
    • n greenback The American golden plover or golden-back. Also called greenhead.
    • n greenback A humming-bird of the genus Panoplites.
    • n greenback A frog.
    • n greenback Salmo stomias, the trout of the Arkansas river.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Greenback popular name for the paper money first issued by the United States in 1862
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gréne; Ger. grün, Dut. groen, green, Ice. grænn, allied to grow.

Usage

In literature:

As I turned the corner I saw him open the door of Greenback's store and walk in.
"Arm of the Law" by Harry Harrison
I saw, I'm certain of it, Greenback Bob.
"Against Odds" by Lawrence L. Lynch
In 1889 the Greenback and the United Labor State Conventions unequivocally indorsed the franchise for women.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
You must have the greenbacks themselves.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
Fat people and florid people are the ones who let their greenbacks fall on the floor while paying the cashier!
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Once more he examined that closely packed little bundle; once more he found it rich in greenbacks.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
Dey was 'bout $100 in greenbacks in dat house and a three hundred pound hawg in de pen, what die from de heat.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
Greenback-Labor Con., 518; trib.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
En yit dee won't take de greenbacks w'at dat man offer um.
"Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches" by Joel Chandler Harris
The chief has put his blanket of greenbacks away somewhere, and I guess he knows how to take care of them.
"Through Apache Lands" by R. H. Jayne
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In poetry:

Fane’s bought from the critic with greenbacks;
Attorneys for lying are paid;
The Printer’s ashamed of his calling -
The devil is learning the trade.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
Come, freeman, now arise,
Put your shoulder to the wheel
This Presidential election;
Vote for an independent man,
One in favor of greenbacks,
In this great financial question.
"Hurrah for Cooper and Cary" by Julia A Moore
We will rally in the city,
We will gather from the farms,
Shouting equalization,
Greenbacks a legal tender,
Then the poor will get along,
The poor that dwell throughout our nation.
"Hurrah for Cooper and Cary" by Julia A Moore
For that Injin he fled
The next day to his band;
And we found William spread
Very loose on the strand,
With a peaceful-like smile on his features,
And a dollar greenback in his hand;
"Further Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte
Let others shine in diamonds bright,
Or hoard their greenbacks, bonds or gold,
You have your jewels in your sight,
And hearing, like the matron old;
And should they still continue to increase,
You'll beat the model mother of old Greece.
"An Eastern Tale" by David John Scott

In news:

Canadian dollar soars on crude rally, yen underperforms greenback .
Courtney McDaniel to coach Greenback girls' basketball.
Greenback will continue to underperform.
Where green homebuilding meets the greenback .
10 destinations where the weakening greenback is still holding strong.
Her teacher at Greenback Public School, Nancy Clinton, gave Maggie Stiles a small cabbage plant to take home and nurture over the last several weeks.
The greenback is regaining value.
Shekels, moolah, simoleons, greenbacks, dinero—no matter what language or lingo you use, money is something you'll need by the basketful to tour the wine regions of the world.
Loonie rises as greenback stalls during US vote.
The Boardwalk @ 9426 Greenback Lane in Orangevale.
Edwina Rogers shows producer Mario Correa a novel use for spare greenbacks.
Looking to add another strong season to its legacy, the Greenback girls' tennis team takes to the courts for 2012 with 15 girls on the roster.
Greenback doesn't fall for Rockwood 's fake.
GREENBACK — Justin Ridge had a feeling.
With Greenback holding a slim four-point lead with 10:05 remaining Friday, Rockwood lined up to punt facing a fourth-and-4 from the Cherokees' 38-yard line.
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