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Money Slang

There is scads of Cockney slang for money. Much of it derives from the designs on the notes - five pounds, ten pounds, twenty pounds.

The first things you gotta learn are that five pounds is a fiver, and ten pounds is a tenner. Then you gotta know the key money values: £20 is a Score, £25 is a Pony, £100 is a Ton, £500 is a Monkey, and £1000 is a Grand.

Here's our list of terms from the dictionary that are money-related. If you've got any more, sling 'em over!


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1 pound
"Can you lend us a Lost and Found mate?"
Lost and Found
Rare.

1 pound
"Lend us a Nicker mate"
Nicker
The correct spelling is definitely "nicker" not "knicker". Thanks to Sinjun Grumbly for pointing tha ... read more

1 pound (nicker)
"Go down the pound shop - everything's only a Nicker"
Alan Whicker
Alan Whicker was a popular TV journalist specialising in travel programmes. He popularised the packa ... read more

10
"You don't get much change from a Cock and Hen for a pint of Pig's Ear in this Battle Cruiser"
Cock and Hen
See also Cockle.

10 pounds (tenner) Cockle

10 pounds (tenner)
"You got that Bill and Benner you owe me?"
Bill and Benner

10 pounds (tenner) Ayrton Senna
A tenner is British slang for ten pound note.

100 Ton
Alternatives
A ton can mean £100 but it is also used to indicate 100 miles an hour. Example: "He did the ton down ... read more

1000 pounds (Grand) Bag of Sand

15 pounds
"Lend us a Commodore mate."
Commodore
Fifteen pounds is three times a Lady (Lady Godiva) which is slang for fiver.

20 pounds
"Come on love, it's only a Score!"
Score
Alternatives

20 pounds (score)
"'it cost me a bobby moore'"
Bobby Moore
Alternatives

20 pounds (Score) Apple Core

25 pounds Pony
Alternatives

25 pounds (Pony) Macaroni

5 pounds Lady Godiva
A Fiver is five pounds, and Lady Godiva is the rhyme.

5 pounds (fiver) Deep Sea Diver
A fiver is a colloquialism for a five pound note.

50 pence
"Lend me a Cow's Calf for my bus fare."
Cow's calf
Alternatives
From Cow's Calf meaning half - half a Quid.

50 pounds Bullseye
Alternatives

500 pounds
"Could you lend me a Monkey?"
Monkey
Alternatives

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