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    Cool Dead presidents?

    What does this idiom mean?
    "I love them dead presidents"
    Can you give me more examples using this idiom?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Dead presidents?

    This idiom refers to MONEY In the United States there are portraits of past (and now dead) presidents on our $1, $2, $5 $20 and $50 notes. The following is a list of who's portrait is on which bill.

    Frequently Used Portraits on United States Paper Money

    • $1 Note (Face) - George Washington (1st U.S. President) (Back) - The Great Seal of the United States
    • $2 Note (Face) - Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) (Back) - Signing of the Declaration of Independence
    • $5 Note (Face) - Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President) (Back) - Lincoln Memorial
    • $10 Note (Face) - Alexander Hamilton (1st Secretary of the Treasury) (Back) - U.S. Treasury Building
    • $20 Note (Face) - Andrew Jackson (7th U.S. President) (Back) - White House
    • $50 Note (Face) - Ulysses Grant (18th U.S. President) (Back) - U.S. Capitol
    • $100 Note (Face) - Ben Franklin (Statesman) (Back) - Independence Hall
    • $500 Note* (Face) - William McKinley (25th U.S. President) (Back) - Numeral 500 and the ornamental phrase "Five Hundred Dollars"
    • $1000 Note* (Face) - Grover Cleveland (22nd & 24th U.S. President) (Back) - Numeral 1000 and the ornamental phrase "One Thousand Dollars"
    • $5000 Note* (Face) - James Madison (4th U.S. President) (Back) - Numeral 5000 and the ornamental phrase "Five Thousand Dollars"
    • $10,000 Note* (Face) - Salmon Chase (U.S. Treasury Secretary under Lincoln) (Back) - Numeral 10,000 and the ornamental phrase "Ten Thousand Dollars"
    • $100,000 Note* (Face) - Woodrow Wilson (28th U.S. President) (Back) - Numeral 100,000 and the ornamental phrase "One Hundred Thousand Dollars". This note never appeared in general circulation, and was only used in transactions between Federal Reserve Banks.
    * = Notes no longer in print or circulation


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    Re: Dead presidents?

    It refers to American money. Our paper money has pictures of, quite literally, dead presidents on it. I believe there's a rule that you can't be on money until you're dead--or maybe that's stamps. Or both? Anyway, it's a colorful way to refer to money, usually large denominations, although there are dead presidents on our coins as well.

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    Re: Dead presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    It refers to American money. Our paper money has pictures of, quite literally, dead presidents on it. I believe there's a rule that you can't be on money until you're dead--or maybe that's stamps. Or both? Anyway, it's a colorful way to refer to money, usually large denominations, although there are dead presidents on our coins as well.

    [not a teacher]
    This quaint tradition of honoring the dead seems to be very appropriate since, when compared to other world currencies, the US Dollar remains 'deader' than the withered faces on our money!

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    Re: Dead presidents?

    Thank you!
    Can you give me more examples using that idiom?


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    For me, it has a sort of underworld or film-noir-ish feel to it. You wouldn't say, "After his promotion to vice-president, Jim was finally earning enough dead presidents to allow him to join the country club."

    How about:

    "Maybe you've noticed that big lump in his front pocket. He ain't just glad to see you, baby---that's a nice fat wad of dead presidents, all tied up with a thick rubber band."

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    Re: Dead presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    For me, it has a sort of underworld or film-noir-ish feel to it. You wouldn't say, "After his promotion to vice-president, Jim was finally earning enough dead presidents to allow him to join the country club."

    How about:

    "Maybe you've noticed that big lump in his front pocket. He ain't just glad to see you, baby---that's a nice fat wad of dead presidents, all tied up with a thick rubber band."
    Del, you certainly missed your calling to become a screenwriter! What a hoot! I don't think I've ever laughed as much at a posting as I have with your pithy reply! "He ain't just glad to see you, baby---" Adding the totally Americanized gem--- 'film-noir-ish'--- you have definitely qualified for a trip to the Warner Brothers Studio!

    I can hardly wait for the sequel!

    Cheers,
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    Happy to be of service, amigos4 :)

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    Re: Dead presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Happy to be of service, amigos4 :)
    I'm delighted to see the Delmobile driving through the Forum at such a rapid pace!

    Cheers,
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    Re: Dead presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    For me, it has a sort of underworld or film-noir-ish feel to it. You wouldn't say, "After his promotion to vice-president, Jim was finally earning enough dead presidents to allow him to join the country club."

    How about:

    "Maybe you've noticed that big lump in his front pocket. He ain't just glad to see you, baby---that's a nice fat wad of dead presidents, all tied up with a thick rubber band."
    Very nice examples! Thanks

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