an honest buck

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an honest buck

Honest, legal work or income. Often used in the phrase "make/earn an honest buck. Primarily heard in US. After 10 years working for the mob, Jeremy was ready to finally start making an honest buck.
See also: buck, honest
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It's hard enough trying to make an honest buck, keep a roof over my head, feed myself, stay healthy, stay safe and have a little fun whenever possible.
His repugnant actions in London when over the back of a young man trying to earn an honest buck were a complete disgrace.
They were out there to help fight disease besides earning an honest buck or two for their struggling families.
They are hard-working folk making an honest buck against the odds.
For a time the Saw Doctors were small-time musicians, happy to be making an honest buck, let alone a hit record.
Those of you who didn't see the programme might say that was a cheap shot at a sweet innocent girl trying to make an honest buck.
While Prince Charles is bankrolling such transparent publicity scams, he would be wise to refrain from criticising his brother who is, unlike the rest of his mob, at least trying to make an honest buck in the real world.
He obviously looks down his nose at ordinary people trying to get on in life, and earning an honest buck to pay bills and put food on the table.
Indeed, part of the article invited readers to make a judgment as to whether the complainant was either 'cruel' or 'just making an honest buck.
They are entitled to breathe clean air whilst earning an honest buck.
Especially when they understand and have experienced the hard work it takes to earn an honest buck.
In recent years, he's led a nomadic existence, wandering from Gala, to Northampton, and now on to Brive, just to make an honest buck.
Before making a reasonable living in movies, like Seven and Seven Years In Tibet, too handsome heart-throb Brad Pitt made an honest buck by delivering fridges to college students for an electrical store in LA.