from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Games Bets or a bet placed by experienced gamblers or those having privileged information.
  • n. Informal Experienced, well-informed investors: Smart money is supporting the conservative presidential candidate.
  • n. Informal Investments made by people experienced and well informed in matters of finance.
  • n. Law Compensation beyond the value of actual harm, awarded by a jury in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. experienced, well-informed investors, gamblers etc considered as a group
  • n. the money invested or bet by such people; by extension, the opinions of such people

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Vindictive or exemplary damages; damages beyond a full compensation for the actual injury done.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Money paid to escape some unpleasant engagement or some painful situation; specifically, money paid by a recruit for the British army before being sworn in for release from his engagement.
  • n. In law, exemplary or vindictive damages; damages in excess of the injury done. Such damages are given in cases of gross misconduct or cruelty on the part of the defendant
  • n. Money allowed to soldiers and sailors for wounds and injuries received on service.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. money bet or invested by experienced gamblers or investors (especially if they have inside information)
  • n. (law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct)
  • n. people who are highly experienced or who have inside information


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