Green’s Dictionary of Slang

million n.

[abbr. of SE phr. million to one]

[1950s+] a sure bet.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

million-dollar wound (n.) [equivalent to UK blighty one (see Blighty n.) in WWI ]

[1940s+] (US milit.) any wound that guarantees the victim a passage out of a war zone and back to the USA.

In phrases

feel like a million dollars (v.) (also feel like a million, ...million big ones, ...million bucks, ...million seeds)

[20C+] (orig. US) to feel excellent, very cheerful, extremely well, in the best of spirits; thus taste like a million v., to taste very good.

gone a million (adj.) [? coined by the profligate John Scadden, Prime Minister of Western Australia, (1911–16)]

1. [1900s-10s] completely in love with.

2. [20C+] (Aus./N.Z.) in a hopeless state.

go over like a million bucks (v.)

[20C+] to succeed absolutely, to do very well.

look (like) a million dollars (v.) (also dress (up) like a million dollars, look (like) a million (bucks), ...million on a hoof)

1. [1910s+] (US) to be extremely attractive; extremely smartly/fashionably dressed.

2. other than in dress, to look impressive, e.g. as a sporting performer.

million to a bit of dirt

[mid–late 19C] a phr. used of a very sure bet.