make an honest buck

make 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 making an honest buck.
See also: buck, honest, make
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There are some very creative minds out there, and some of them aren't out to make an honest buck.
In contrast, they are cracking down really hard on poor homeless scavengers and hapless downscale suburbanites trying to make an honest buck at yard sales.