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a. Any of several ancient units of weight, especially a Hebrew unit equal to about a half ounce.
b. A gold or silver coin equal in weight to one of these units, especially the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
c. Variant of sheqel.
2. Slang
a. A coin.
b. shekels Money.

[Hebrew šeqel, from šāqal, to weigh; see ṯql in Semitic roots.]


also shek·el  (shĕk′əl)
n. pl. sheq·al·im (shĕk′ə-lĭm) also shekels
See Table at currency.

[Hebrew šeqel; see shekel.]
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Noun1.shekels - informal terms for moneyshekels - informal terms for money    
money - the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender; "we tried to collect the money he owed us"
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Methinks it is no great stretch of generosity to allow us lambs for the altar of the Lord, receiving in lieu thereof thirty silver shekels per head !"
"Lower away the basket with the shekels of silver!" here shouted a Roman soldier in a hoarse, rough voice, which appeared to issue from the regions of Pluto "lower away the basket with the accursed coin which it has broken the jaw of a noble Roman to pronounce!
He is privileged, all over the post, like Shekels, the Seventh Cavalry's dog, and visits everybody's quarters and picks up everything that is going, in the way of news.
``Ay,'' said the Knight, ``to gnaw the bowels of our nobles with usury, and to gull women and boys with gauds and toys I warrant thee store of shekels in thy Jewish scrap.''
``Not a shekel, not a silver penny, not a halfling so help me the God of Abraham!'' said the Jew, clasping his hands; ``I go but to seek the assistance of some brethren of my tribe to aid me to pay the fine which the Exchequer of the Jews*
"Back from the coining of the shekels, my dear friend," he exclaimed.
They've got all their own money back, and all of OURN but a shekel or two BESIDES.
Within a hundred years after Adam left Eden, the guide probably gave the usual general flourish with his hand and said: "Place where the animals were named, ladies and gentlemen; place where the tree of the forbidden fruit stood; exact spot where Adam and Eve first met; and here, ladies and gentlemen, adorned and hallowed by the names and addresses of three generations of tourists, we have the crumbling remains of Cain's altar--fine old ruin!" Then, no doubt, he taxed them a shekel apiece and let them go.
RAMALLAH, Sunday, August 04, 2019 (WAFA) -- The Ministry of Finance announced today that the government will be paying only 60% of the monthly payroll of the civil servants and security personnel for the month of July, in the aftermath of Israel's decision to deduct 502 million shekels ($138) a year from the Palestinian tax revenues.
The fine for each house was 300 thousand shekels (85,500 USD), while the shops were fined up to 600 thousand shekels each (171,000 USD).
Since the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, in June 2014, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has paid over 350,000 shekels (over $ 98,000) in terror rewards to the Hamas terrorist convicted of planning their abduction as well as to the families of two other terrorists who carried it out and who were later killed while resisting arrest, reports Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
Summary: Tel Aviv [Israel], Jun 16 (ANI): Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was on Sunday convicted of misusing state funds and ordered to pay a fine of 10,000 shekels (around USD 2,800) by a magistrate's court in Jerusalem.