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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

1 pound
"Lend us a Nicker mate"
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

"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
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."
Fifteen pounds is three times a Lady (Lady Godiva) which is slang for fiver.

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

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

20 pounds (Score) Apple Core

25 pounds Pony

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
From Cow's Calf meaning half - half a Quid.

50 pounds Bullseye

500 pounds
"Could you lend me a Monkey?"

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