1. (US black/campus/Und., also alligator skin, fish-skin, froggyskin) a banknote, $1 bill.
|Boston Globe (MA) 23 Apr. 19/8: [advert] It’s a lead pipe that you’ll pull the wrapper off your roll of frogskins and leave it at the box office.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 23 June 11/4: They each have a fondness for the old frogskins, and [...] hang on to anything in the shap e of ‘dough.|
|Girl Proposition 104: Although his Salary didn’t make him round-shouldered taking it Home, he was enabled to soak a couple of Frog Skins each Month.|
|Wildcat 156: Whang! An’ Ah reads six. Frogskin money you gits a furlough.|
|(ref. to 1898) Amer. Madam (1981) 282: I took the frogskins and said, ‘That’s on account’.|
|(ref. to 1918) Over the Wall 21: I learned quickly that a dollar bill was a fish-skin.|
|Philadelphia Enquirer (PA) 19 Oct. 102/3: Pay day in camp is ‘Uncle Sam’s party’ when frogskins [...] are paid out.|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 320: Fork th’ froggyskin.|
|Duke 68: I pulled the score by myself. I was gone about an hour and when I came back I got fistfuls of alligator skins. I got more money than John D and Henry Ford.|
|AS XXX:2 87: FROGSKINS, n. Paper money.‘Narcotic Argot Along the Mexican Border’ in|
|(con. 1940s) Dark Sea Running 29: One frogskin—let’s have it.|
|Pimp 65: Some broad is going to lay out five hundred frog skins to get her rocks off.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 13: We got five hundred frog skins.|
|I, Fatty 163: She’d probably ask me to slip her 50 frogskins a month. [Ibid.] 165: The publisher owed Pathé 50 fishskins.|
2. (US Und.) a counterfeit dollar bill.
|Flynn’s 16 Jan. n.p.: I had [...] cached about two hundred grand – toad and frog skins, for I never monkeyed with the iron men [DU].|
3. (Aus.) a £1 note.
|Western Mail (Perth) 17 May 26/2: Frogskin, a slang expression for a pound note.|
|Cairns Post (Qld) 4 Jan. 9/3: the green ‘frogskin’ or one pound note.|
|Shearer’s Colt 15: If that bag full of frogskins [pound notes] was burnt in the fire, they’d be some of the iron frame of the bag left, wouldn’t there?|
|Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) 8 Apr. 8/2: Not more than half a frogskin to call your own.|
|Poor Man’s Orange 102: ‘How much do they sting yer for it?’ ‘Half a frog.’.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 231/2: carpet (cracker, frog, frogskin) a one – pound note.|