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fast buck

1. noun Money made quickly and/or without effort, often through dishonest, unscrupulous, or ethically dubious means. Often used in the phrase "make/earn a fast buck." The people hawking T-shirts commemorating the tragedy are just looking to make a fast buck.
2. adjective Concerned with making money quickly, easily, and (often) unscrupulously. Often used to modify the word "artist," thus implying the individual is a swindler to some degree. In this usage, it is usually hyphenated. All of these Wall Street investors are just a bunch of fast-buck artists, if you ask me. Before the economic crash, a huge amount of fast-buck speculators were selling over-inflated loans to people for property that was essentially worthless.
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fast buck

Money made quickly and easily and, often, dishonestly. For example, He's all right, but his partner is just out for a fast buck. This expression gave rise to fast-buck artist for an individual, especially a swindler, intent on making money quickly. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see easy money.
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fast buck

verb
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I am also impressed to see leading Liverpool restaurants getting involved in this campaign, instead of just seeing an opportunity to make a fast buck.
The WRU commits its own form of making a fast buck on the back of international tickets - by charging huge sums for ones which come as part of a hospitality package.
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Douglas Moffat, who runs Glasgow's Truffle Club, said: "The council are doing this to stop applicants who want to make a fast buck."
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I can't help feeling short-changed by the TV companies who only seem to be intent on making a fast buck.
By encouraging people to use this instead of a car, passengers would no longer be "held to ransom" by bosses wanting to make a fast buck (or a rogue taxi driver who is prepared to 'fleece' nave tourists).
Selly Oak, Harborne, Selly Park and Bournbrook are full of properties owned by landlords who only want to make a fast buck whilst these areas become a rubbish tip.
I am also impressed to see leading restaurants getting involved in this campaign instead of just seeing an opportunity to make a fast buck.
Footballers live in a goldfish bowl these days and the unscrupulous won't hesitate in making a fast buck at their expense.
I sometimes wonder if the New Labour ministers in Wales have a grand plan to make Wales a huge theme park when a fast buck is more important than the protection of our environment and what's left of the natural beauty of Wales.
GMB General Secretary John Edmonds said: ``What has it come to when ministers sell off parts of the NHSas if they are flogging a used car to fat cats seeking a fast buck?''