Shinplaster meaning

shĭnplăstər
A piece of paper money issued privately and devalued by inadequate security or by inflation.
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A piece of paper money of small denomination issued by the government, especially one issued by the US government from 1862 to 1878.
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A plaster or poultice for use on sore shins.
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(historical, US, Australia, and New Zealand informal) An essentially worthless note of paper money.
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(historical, Canada informal) A 25¢ banknote.
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Origin of shinplaster

  • From its resemblance to paper used in plasters for sore legs

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From shin + plaster.Probably coined during the American War of Independence (1775-1783). Named for its resemblance to, and suitability for makeshift use as, a bandage for dressing the shin.

    From Wiktionary