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*phony as a three-dollar bill

 and *queer as a three-dollar bill
phony; bogus. (*Also: as ~.) This guy's as phony as a three-dollar bill. The whole deal stinks. It's as queer 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

phony as a three-dollar bill

See also: bill, phony


1. mod. bogus; fake. This money looks phony to me.
2. n. someone or something bogus. Look here, you phony, get out of my office!
3. n. a phone call where the caller hangs up the minute the telephone is answered. No one was on the telephone. It was just a phony.
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2) Phony documents seized Wednesday from a Reseda home include passports, identification cards and birth certificates.
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Potential licensees in the fishing accessories industry are currently being targeted as candidates to eventually commercialize the Phony Fisherman on a worldwide basis.
I am sorry to tell you that your decision to invest in such a phony project was not wise and the management of this project were actually acting like a pack of wild dogs preying on you and similar people in your category.
They happened to be in the store returning another watch, worth $2,800, that they allegedly purchased earlier using the phony card, Balian said.
The evidence provided in support of gay marriage has been shown to be phony.
Your editor has thought for some time that we, individually and organizationally, are not treating the phony letters situation with all the seriousness that a threat of this gravity warrants.
Many of them are still operating here, while American citizens daily lose more and more of their freedoms in a phony "War on Terror.
Eleven Georgia teachers were found to have received phony degrees from Saint Regis University in Liberia, a diploma mill that sells college degrees for little to no coursework.
Most people assume that firewalls or general security software--or even turning off cookies--will shield their identities from Websites; you may even put a phony name in your browser.
Through phony loan applications filed during 1998 and 1999, he netted $160,000 in personal income.
What he is proposing is nothing new; it's the same phony ecumenism that has been going on for more than 30 years.
Sharp and often devious minds soon figured out how to rig the system to their benefit--by manipulating prices, making phony trades to simulate real market activity, and moving power around to avoid price caps.
There was a Mexican who concocted a phony passport application, a former court employee who shoved a judge, the babbling man who walked into an FBI office and threatened to kill President Bill Clinton--though he didn't realize Clinton was no longer president.