earn an honest buck

earn an honest buck

To earn money in an honest, legal manner. Primarily heard in US. After 10 years working for the mob, Jeremy was ready to finally start earning an honest buck.
See also: buck, earn, honest
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His repugnant actions in London when over the back of a young man trying to earn an honest buck were a complete disgrace.
Especially when they understand and have experienced the hard work it takes to earn an honest buck.
I think Louise puts up with me because she sees me as a hardworking person who isn't scared to knuckle down and earn an honest buck.
When that happens, with term limits and the rage of voters, those Democratic lawmakers might find themselves out on the street trying to earn an honest buck.