Definition of Monopoly money in US English:

Monopoly money


  • Money regarded as having no real existence or value.

    ‘the Monopoly money we'd won playing Internet stocks while dot-com fever swept the nation’
    • ‘Give it to me in the Queen's sterling for now if you can, I'll get used to that Brussels Monopoly money in good time!’
    • ‘You'd think they would have blown some tax dollars doing some kind of marketing blitz warning the American public that this Monopoly money is real…’
    • ‘I want to remind those who want to spend Monopoly money on horses that the value of their investments can go down as well as up.’
    • ‘That is crazy money for even a couple with both people working - it is Monopoly money because it is not within the average person's reach.’
    • ‘‘Many people see trade dollars as Monopoly money,’ he says.’
    • ‘Unemployment is widespread, inflation has turned the Zimbabwean dollar into Monopoly money, the exchequer is bare and foreign aid is being cut.’
    • ‘To be fair, they did point out that the business school was built with dodgy arms-deal money, or Monopoly money, or something.’


From the imitation money used in the game of Monopoly (see monopoly (sense 2)).


Monopoly money

/məˈnäpəlē ˌmənē//məˈnɑpəli ˌməni/