Licence-to-print-money meaning

(colloquial, idiomatic) A means of generating a large income with little effort.
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Used other than as an idiom: The authority to print money, usually given to a central bank exclusively as the issuer of currency.
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Origin of licence-to-print-money

  • Often attributed to Lew Grade, notably used by Roy Thompson of Scottish Television around 1956.

    From Wiktionary