Don't take any wooden nickels

Don't take any wooden nickels.

  (American informal)
something that you say when someone leaves, to tell them to be careful and to take good care of themselves Hey guys - have a good trip, and don't take any wooden nickels.
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Don't take any wooden nickels

Don't let yourself be cheated. This expression was first heard in the early 20th century. Although there never were any wooden nickels as legal tender, country folk going to a city were likely to be cheated by all manner of ruses, including obviously counterfeit coins. Wooden nickels did exist, however, as bank promotions during and after the Great Depression; the “coins” were redeemable for prizes.
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Added Costas: ``And wash behind your ears and don't take any wooden nickels - word to the wise, my friends.
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