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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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They are hard-working folk making an honest buck against the odds.
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.
For a time the Saw Doctors were small-time musicians, happy to be making an honest buck, let alone a hit record.