One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A source of easily obtained or unlimited money.‘there is no magic money tree to solve Britain's economic problems’‘I wonder where she thinks the government got the money—the magic money tree?’‘I knew how to shake the money tree’
- ‘Business has left in droves over the past year and he is praying that she can return to her tenuous VP posting in his office to shake some money trees.’
- ‘They called people they didn't know, met with bankers, and shook every money tree in the forest until they closed the deal.’
- ‘They say money does not grow on trees, but the players can grow their own money trees - if they plan properly.’
- ‘Today's article demonstrates his facility in exploiting the criminal misconduct of others to shake the money tree.’
- ‘Meanwhile, he can keep going out there and shaking the money trees.’
- ‘In a simpler time, tobacco was a money tree for growers and cigarette makers alike.’
- ‘Artmakers typically assemble funding from a variety of sources, creating a money tree which, like a delicate house of cards, can collapse if one of the key components is missing.’
- ‘The pop group had sued once before, relieving the company of USD 50 million and now, someone has decided that its time they shook the money tree once again.’
- ‘Eight competitive comics will shake the money tree for a shot at the $100 as they search for the audience giggle spot.’
2Any of various trees associated with good luck, in particular the Guiana chestnut or Malabar chestnut (Pachira aquatica).
3US A real or artificial tree to which people attach paper money, especially as a gift or donation.
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