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an honest buck

Honest, legal work or income. Often used in the phrase "make/earn an honest buck." 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
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Higher corporate profit, higher interest rate and higher tax rate a the question is where does this leave average people who are trying to make an honest buck and pay down their debt?
It's hard enough trying to make an honest buck, keep a roof over my head, feed myself, stay healthy, stay safe and have a little fun whenever possible.
His repugnant actions in London when over the back of a young man trying to earn an honest buck were a complete disgrace.
They were out there to help fight disease besides earning an honest buck or two for their struggling families.
They are hard-working folk making an honest buck against the odds.
cliff's daily routine of soap operas, gangsta rap, his timing with friends from the rough side of town, and the recurring quarrels with his mother and sister are infrequently interrupted by fishing trips with Stompy, which is Cliff's only way to make an honest buck or two besides the little his mother brings home from hustling jobs in Plymouth and Scarborough.
I agreed, believing I was instilling the value of the honest buck into my child.
For a time the Saw Doctors were small-time musicians, happy to be making an honest buck, let alone a hit record.
Those of you who didn't see the programme might say that was a cheap shot at a sweet innocent girl trying to make an honest buck.
While Prince Charles is bankrolling such transparent publicity scams, he would be wise to refrain from criticising his brother who is, unlike the rest of his mob, at least trying to make an honest buck in the real world.
All of them allegedly crossed the legal line separating sanctioned inside information from expertise so exclusive as to deny competitors a sporting chance at making an honest buck on their speculations.
He obviously looks down his nose at ordinary people trying to get on in life, and earning an honest buck to pay bills and put food on the table.
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.