be money for old rope

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be money for old rope

To be a very quick and easy way to earn money. Primarily heard in UK. A: "I'm getting paid to stay in my neighbour's mansion while they're on holiday." B: "Wow, that'll be money for old rope!" I love working on bicycles, so this job will be money for old rope.
See also: money, old, rope

money for old rope

A very quick and easy way to earn money. A: "I'm getting paid to stay in my neighbours' mansion while they're on holiday." B: "Wow, that'll be money for old rope!" Twenty quid for watching a movie while the kids are asleep? Sounds like money for old rope to me!
See also: money, old, rope

money for old rope

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money for jam

BRITISH
If you say that someone is getting money for old rope or money for jam, you mean that they are getting money very easily and with very little effort. I had always believed that the fashion model's job was money for old rope. His only responsibilities will be to keep the fences in order and to maintain the grass. It sounds like money for jam. Note: In the past, sailors used to unpick lengths of old rope and sell the strands to shipyards where they were used to make the decks of ships watertight.
See also: money, old, rope

money for old ˈrope

(also money for ˈjam) (both British English, informal) money that is earned very easily and with very little effort: All I have to do in my job is answer the phone occasionally — it’s money for old rope.
See also: money, old, rope