1. (US) $1, $10.
|[||document inPioneer Hist. (1848) 138: I do certify, that I am indebted to the bearer, Captain Johnny, seven bucks and one doe, for the use of the states, this 19th April, 1779. Signed, Samuel Sample, assistant quartermaster].|
|[||Historical Colls. of Ohio 274: A muskrat skin was equal to a quarter of a dollar; a racoon skin, a third of a dollar; a doe skin, half a dollar, and a buck skin, ‘the almighty dollar.’].|
|Dem. State Journal 3 July 3/2: Bernard [...] mulcted in the sum of twenty bucks [DA].|
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 36: When I beat that ace full for him I captured sixty good bucks from him on that hand.|
|Mr Dooley in Peace and War 177: Man alive, don’t you know what a dollar is? Carlisle’d hand him out a plunk, a case, a buck.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 26: Kin you lemme take a couple o’ bucks till Satiddy?|
|Compensations of War (1983) 18: We receive our pay 184 francs for a ‘buck’.diary 6 Mar. in Carnes|
|letter 30 Nov. in Paige (1971) 190: The book, of course, can’t be made for 25 bucks.|
|Walls Of Jericho 217: Go to one of these drugstores that [...] could sell you the best rye right off at five or six bucks a pint.|
|Conjure-Man Dies 241: He’s got eighty bucks o’ my buddy’s dough.|
|Blue Ribbon Western Nov. 🌐 I will personally add ten buckaroos to the reward.‘Billy the Kidder’ in|
|On The Road (1972) 21: I decided to spend a buck on beer.|
|Imabelle 5: ‘That’s right,’ Jackson said. ‘Fifteen hundred bucks’.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 7: [as 1957].|
|Good As Gold (1979) 309: I could probably pull out now with over a million bucks clear.|
|Skin Tight 43: We gave her six hundred bucks … and never saw her again.|
|Homeboy 10: Not only couldn’t you shake down a couple of bucks.|
|Keepers of Truth 127: Sure that’s a good couch, but you paid forty bucks in nineteen fifty-two for it, Pa.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 32: You gonna parlay the few bucks you have phoning bets in?|
2. sixpence, usu. preceded by a number of shillings, e.g. six and a buck, 6s 6d.
|Sl. Dict. 99: Buck sixpence. The word is rarely used by itself, but generally denotes the sixpence attached to shillings in reference to cost, as, ‘three and a buck,’ three shillings and sixpence.|
|Household Words 20 June 155: ‘Buck’ is most likely a corruption of ‘fyebuck,’ a slang name for sixpence, which is now almost, if not altogether, obsolete.|
|Dundee Eve. Teleg. 19 July 2/4: Sixpence is a popular coin in slangdom [...] ‘bandy’ [...] and ‘downer,’ ‘buck,’ and ‘fye-back’.|
3. (US) $100; thus half-buck, $50; buck-and-a-half $150.
|Crack Detective Jan. 🌐 And here I’ve been selling my services to Jergin for a buck and a half a week.‘Time to Kill’|
|Texas by the Tail (1994) 139: ‘A couple of bucks will be fine,’ [...] he dropped two hundred dollars on the table.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 10: He’d go a buck and a half apiece for as many as I could get.|
|Cop Stories 140: I want a buck and a half for the information.|
|Way Past Cool 39: Deek would hand the big boy a fifty [...] The dude would have to stick the Sherman in his mouth to pocket the half-buck.|
|Florida Roadkill 195: No, man, a buck is a hunded dollars.|
|Night Gardener 43: ‘How much we get?’ [...] ‘Buck forty.’.|
|Riptide Ultra-Glide 124: The weed is a buck-twenty for a one-finger bag.|
4. (US) money, irrespective of amount (although the image is usu. of quantity).
|DAUL 35/1: Buck, n. 1. [...] 2. A dollar; a tidy sum. (’A nice [or good] buck’—a good income.).et al.|
|Somebody Up There Likes Me 209: A few more fights and a few more bucks. [Ibid.] 270: We’re going to make a lot of bucks yet.|
|Burn 133: We make a trip, take a new car south or north or west for delivery, get bucks for that. Pick up a few dollars wherever we are.|
|Inner City Hoodlum 59: I’m jus’ a little guy makin’ a buck.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 107: If somebody could think of a quick way to make a crooked buck in the Arctic Circle, the mob would be there, ready to take over.|
|What Do You Reckon (1997) [ebook] Not that for an instant I’m against making a buck.‘Tall Poppies Deserve Short Shrift’ in|
|Way Past Cool 68: Wayne needin some major bucks for scorin himself a decent gun. [Ibid.] 79: So, magic-boy, you tell me where we gonna score that kind of buck.|
|Deathdeal [ebook] ‘Are you sure you want to do this? I’ [...] ‘There’s a buck in it’.|
|Londonstani (2007) 140: He should be thinkin how to make some decent bucks a his own.|
5. (S.Afr.) a rand.
|Lindiwe (2001) I iii: How much? Hmm! Four thousand bucks?|
6. (Aus./N.Z.) A$1.
|in Living Black 224: Anybody with a buck in his pocket he couldn’t care less about.|
|Big Huey 11: It was just my luck to run into a guy [...] who was prepared to give me ten buddha sticks at a time ‘up front’ and charge me ninety bucks for them later.|
|Candy 196: Let’s say twenty-five bucks for the three packets.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 35: buck [...] 2. A Kiwi dollar, adapted from American dollar.|
|Luck in the Greater West (2008) 9: For every ounce of pot he sold he made a hundred bucks.|
|Silver [ebook] ‘Twenty bucks for a year, fifty for three’.|
7. 100, in non-monetary contexts.
|Orlando Sentinel (FL) 24 Apr. 28/2: ‘I weigh a buck seventy-five [175 pounds]’.|
|Nature Girl 26: ‘How much does she weigh?’ ‘A buck forty.’.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Trello [...] weight a buck-fifty, soaking wet.|
|Border [ebook] Eighty, ninety, a hundred, they slide into a banked turn and Cirello feels like he’s going to puke. Next lap Eddie kicks it up to a buck twenty.|
8. (US black) $100,000.
|🎵 Last time we came through, we spent about a buck eighty (damn) / ‘About a buck eighty?’ Yeah, a hundred-eighty thousand (yeah!).‘White Girl’|
|Bend of World 127: The [club] membership had long since declined in aristocratic quality so now any asshole with [...] a buck-fifty paycheck from a bank could join.|
9. €1 (one euro).
|exberliner.com 2 Aug. 🌐 It’s an extra 150 bucks from the government for keeping your child at home.|
10. (UK teen) £1.
|Young Team 7: Our dossin aboot the streets doesnae qualify fur a high quality [...] jakit [...] two hundred and fifty bucks.|
(US prison) a razor-slash that runs either over the top of the skull or from ear to ear.
|Guardian Weekend 2 Jan. 11: Most inmates live in terror of getting jumped and getting a ‘buck-fifty’ – so-called because it takes about 150 stitches to close the razor-inflicted wound.|
(US) fifty cents.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Monkey On My Back (1954) 107: Each one chipped in maybe a quarter or half a buck.|
(US) well-off, wealthy.
|Al Capone 56: His guests included persons ‘not in the bucks.’.|
|Cry Tough! 89: A fifty! [...] you must be in the bucks.|
|DAUL 35/1: Bucks, to be in the. To be well supplied with money.et al.|
(US) wealthy, prospering.
|Short Stories (1937) 205: I could find plenty to do besides hanging around here if I was up in the dough.‘Wedding Bells Will Ring’ in|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 522: Yessir, Studs Lonigan was going to be up in the bucks.Judgement Day in|