phony as a three-dollar bill

phony as a three-dollar bill (not comparable)

  1. (simile, set phrase) Extremely phony; fake; dishonest; completely bogus.
    • 1978 July 2, Vincent Canby, "Film View ↗," New York Times (retrieved 23 Jan 2018):
      Though the film has some handsome, carefully staged action sequences, its machismo seems as phony as a three‐dollar bill.
    • 2011 September 29, Glenn Kessler (journalist), "The Fact Checker: A bogus chart on Obama and the debt gets a new lease on life ↗," Washington Post (retrieved 23 Jan 2018):
      But this chart, originally created by the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is as phony as a three-dollar bill. Our friends at PolitiFact did a pretty thorough takedown of it in May, giving it their worst rating: “pants on fire.”
    • 2012, Joan Elliott Pickart, The Marrying MacAllister, ISBN 9781459233058, (Google preview) ↗:
      "You know, Mr. Sunshine, your laid-back, look-at-the-bright-side, the-glass-is-half-full malarkey is starting to come across as very condescending, especially since I know that your life-is-just-a-bowl-of-cherries spiel is as phony as a three-dollar bill."
Synonyms Translations
  • French: être faux comme un jeton
  • Spanish: más falso que un duro sevillano (Spain, old-fashioned), más falso que un duro de madera (Spain, old-fashioned)

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