Meaning of “easy money” in the English Dictionary

"easy money" in British English

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easy moneynoun [ U ]

uk /ˌiː.zi ˈmʌn.i/ us /ˌiː.zi ˈmʌn.i/ informal

Examples from literature

  • Peruggia wasn’t just a criminal after easy money. 
  • He wanted easy money. 
  • His story was this: He had built up a big enterprise during the pioneer boom days of easy money and negligible competition. 
  • I was merely paid for the risk assumed, and it was easy money. 
  • If he were merely some cowboy looking for easy money and excitement, that was a different matter. 
  • They are making merry with champagne and motor cars—if you can accept that figure—and revelry and easy money. 

(Definition of “easy money” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"easy money" in American English

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easy moneynoun [ U ]

us /ˈi·zi ˈmʌn·i/

infml money that you get with little effort:

Schools facing tight budgets see corporate sponsorship as easy money.

(Definition of “easy money” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"easy money" in Business English

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easy moneynoun [ U ]

uk us

FINANCE money that is cheap and easy to borrow:

The business pages were calling it 'the end of the era of easy money'.

money that is easy to earn:

He was drawn to the easy money that came with celebrity.

(Definition of “easy money” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)