- a plaster for the shin or leg.
- Informal. (formerly)
- a piece of paper money of a denomination lower than one dollar.
- money of little value, as that issued on insufficient security.
- US, Canadian and Australian a promissory note on brittle paper, issued by an individual
n.also shin-plaster, piece of paper soaked in vinegar and used to treat sore legs, from shin (n.) + plaster (n.). In U.S. history, jocularly or as a term of abuse for “devalued low-denomination paper currency” (1824).