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Money earned through little effort (perhaps illegally). Because Julia is such a good writer, freelance work is easy money for her. Some people seem to think that selling drugs is easy money, but I would go broke before doing something like that.
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Money obtained readily, with little effort and, often, illegally. For example, Winning the lottery-that's easy money! or I was wary of making easy money with the insider tips I'd been given. [c. 1900] Also see fast buck.
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ˌeasy ˈmoneymoney earned for very little work or effort, often by doing something dishonest: There’s a lot of easy money to be made in this business.
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n. money earned or gained with little or no difficulty. All you guys want easy money. Don’t you want to work for it?
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