boodle

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From Dutch boedel.

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boodle (uncountable)

  1. Money, especially when acquired or spent illegally or improperly; swag.
    • around 1900, O. Henry, According to Their Lights
      He was your 'man higher up' when you were on the force. His share of the boodle passed through your hands. You must go on the stand and testify against him.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses,
      [] marauders ready to decamp with whatever boodle they could in one fell swoop at a moment’s notice, your money or your life, leaving you there to point a moral, gagged and garotted.
  2. (US, dialect) The whole collection or lot; caboodle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)

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