make a quick buck

make a quick buck

To make money quickly and/or without effort, often through dishonest, unscrupulous, or ethically dubious means. The people hawking T-shirts commemorating the tragedy are just looking to make a quick buck.
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make a fast/quick buck

(informal, often disapproving) earn money quickly and easily: He didn’t really care about the business — he just wanted to make a fast buck.
See also: buck, fast, make, quick
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Dubai's property market has seen its ups and down over the past few years, with quite a few of those ups being caused by speculative land buyers looking to make a quick buck.
Duncan asked why Britain and the US had not marched into Burma to help after the cyclone and said they both only went into Iraq to make a quick buck from the oil.
Around 300 UK practices are now believed to have signed up to the deal - hopefully they will be as quick to adhere to Government guidelines as they were to try and make a quick buck.