as phony as a three-dollar bill

(as) phony as a three-dollar bill

Fake or illegitimate. This contract is phony as a three-dollar bill—there's no way they're offering us this much money without some sort of catch. I wouldn't trust Nelle, that girl is as phony as a three-dollar bill.
See also: bill, phony

(as) phony as a three-dollar bill

and (as) queer as a three-dollar bill
mod. phony; bogus. The whole deal stinks. It’s as queer as a three-dollar bill. Stay away from him. He’s phony as a three-dollar bill.
See also: bill, phony