Michigan (bank)roll redux

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 13 08:35:12 UTC 2000

The RHHDAS entry for "Michigan roll" (also Michigan, Michigan
bankroll, Michigan stake, and Chicago bankroll) does specify  'a
phony bankroll...consisting of a high-denomination banknote wrapped
around a large number of small-denomination banknotes', with cites
back to 1914 (in which a "Michigan" stands in for any 'spectacular
ruse' or 'deceptive appearance').  A 1920 cite suggests a $1000 bill
for the "wrapper", and various other cites have toilet paper or stage
money for the filling (cheaper than singles).


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