I'm watching a short Youtube video and someone posted this comment.

After many years of watching Zatoichi films and the show. I'm stumped that this is only a short instead of a full film. I would pay mad money to see a full movie of ZVP. Brings me back to the days of watching crazy but awesome Japanese flicks of the bygone era.

Does pay mad money mean pay a lot of money? I can't find this meaning in the dictionary. I got the meaning from this translator: https://translate.sogou.com/text I also checked other translator (like https://www.deepl.com/translator), which doesn't suggest "a lot".

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Yes, this is a colloquial use of "mad" as an intensifier, like "I've got mad skills" or "the boss level is mad hard" (see definition 9 in this entry). Don't be confused, there's also a phrase "mad money" meaning "money to be spent however you want," but that's not the meaning that's being used here.

  • You might consider linking a dictionary definition, like this one: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mad.
    – Juhasz
    Jan 7, 2022 at 19:20
  • @Juhasz I think you'll find that I did... Jan 7, 2022 at 19:21
  • Sorry, I meant a definition of mad, not mad money.
    – Juhasz
    Jan 7, 2022 at 19:22
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    @Juhasz Ah, thanks! Jan 7, 2022 at 19:25
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    I think there is an additional possible nuance with 'mad money' - 'mad' being a synonym of 'crazy'. In the UK at least we can say e.g. 'I paid crazy money for that used car', or 'my brother-in-law is paid crazy money for what he does'. An insane amount of money. Like (in my opinion) the crazy prices people are willing to pay for Apple products. Jan 7, 2022 at 19:40

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