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How did the word buck come to be used for a one-dollar bill?
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This American slang word for a dollar may have its origins in animal skins that were classified as β€œbucks” and β€œdoes.” The bucks, larger and more valuable than the does, could have become part of early American business terminology (around 1800) and later slang for a dollar. This usage also may have come from the game of poker. During the game’s heyday (the late 19th century), a marker called a buck was placed next to a poker player to remind him that it was his turn to deal next. A silver dollar was sometimes used as the marker, perhaps leading to the expression.