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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!


1 pound
'Lend us a Nicker mate'
Nicker

The correct spelling is definitely "nicker" not "knicker". Thanks to Sinjun Grumbly for pointing that out.


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 package holiday in the 70s.


10 pounds (tenner) Ayrton Senna

A tenner is British slang for ten pound note.


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

10 pounds (tenner) Cockle

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 at Boxhill last Sunday".


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

Bet Jumbo Jet

Cash Sausage and Mash
Alternatives

Cash Bangers and Mash
Alternatives

Cheque
'I'll get the Ant n Dec in the post tonight mate'
Ant and Dec

Cheque
'Goin' down the J Arfer to sausage a bushel (Going down the bank to cash a cheque)'
Bushel and Peck

Cheque Kite

Cheque Gregory Peck
Alternatives

Dole
'Lost me job, now I'm back on the Rock'n'Roll.'
Rock and Roll

In the UK the word "dole" means unemployment benefit (officially Jobseekers Allowance). The US equivalent is "welfare".


Dole
'I'm on the old Adrian Mole.'
Adrian Mole

Earner
'Nice little Bunsen Burner'
Bunsen Burner

Fifty Nifty
Alternatives

Money
'How much money did we make last month Del? Loads o' Bunse Rodders, loads o' Bunse!'
Bunse

Money Bread and Honey

Money
'Give me the bees.'
Bees and honey
Alternatives

Money Bees and Honey
Alternatives

Penny Abergavenny

Pound (currency) Quid
Alternatives

Shilling
''Ere mate I'm skint, lend us an Able'
Able and Willing

Ten Big Ben

Ten Dirty Den
Alternatives

Ten
'Lend me an Uncle Ben will you?'
Uncle Ben

Ten pounds
'Lend us a Pavarotti'
Pavarotti

Derived from tenner meaning a ten pound note. Pavarotti was a world famous tenor.




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