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shin·plas·ter  audio  (shnplstr) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A piece of paper money issued privately and devalued by inadequate security or by inflation.
  2. A piece of paper money of small denomination issued by the government, especially one issued by the U.S. government from 1862 to 1878.

ETYMOLOGY:
From its resemblance to paper used in plasters for sore legs


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