Monopoly money

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Monopoly money (uncountable)

  1. Play money printed on paper, especially differently colored denominations used in the board game Monopoly.
  2. (slang, US) Bills of foreign currency which are brightly colored or printed on flimsy paper.
  3. Money, especially paper money, that is perceived to have little or no value, or to be distributed freely.
  4. (idiomatic) Money that doesn't really exist, referring to fraudulent record keeping.
    • 2005, Craig M. Boise, Playing with ‘Monopoly Money’: Phony Profits, Fraud Penalties and Equity, Minnesota Law Review, volume 90, page 144
      They did so to conceal the fact that they were playing with Monopoly money—fabricating profits as phony as the pastel-colored money used in the classic Parker Brothers board game.