For example person A believes that person B is occupying 1 acre of person A's land. Person A claims that person B is occupying 10 acres in the hope that a court of law will award a fraction of the initial claim or in the expectation that person B will settle for a fraction of the original claim. Such fraction equalling the 1 acre which A believes he truly deserves.

The behavior of person A may be seen as dishonest. But person A perceives his behavior as merely "playing the system" in order to achieve his proper rights - i.e. the end justifies the means.

(EDIT) I have editted the above to exclude the variation where person A hopes to be awarded more than his fair share. Of course in reality it may be unlikely that person A will be awarded exactly his rightful cent.

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    Where did the "false dollar" phrase originate? Acquired somewhere? translated? own invention? – 1252748 Jan 13 '15 at 17:43
  • @thomas. My own invention (unless I picked it up unconsciously). – steveOw Jan 13 '15 at 21:37
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    Your aphorism reminds me of a famous Saturday Evening Post magazine cover by Leslie Thrasher. Thrasher (working in the style of Norman Rockwell) called it "Tipping the Scales," but it might more accurately have been called "Tipping the Scales to Balance the Scales." – Sven Yargs Jan 13 '15 at 22:56
  • @Sven Yargs. Nice illustration. Yes the strategies of the lady in the picture and my person A are similar. – steveOw Jan 16 '15 at 20:24

"Dicker, dicker, dicker -- don't pay him the sticker."

This was an expression I heard my father use, back in the 1950's. I don't know if it is a common expression. Car dealers use inflated "sticker" pricing, to allow themselves room to bargain and still make a good profit. If you want to get a fair price, you need to start with an offer that you know is low. This allows you to negotiate a fair price somewhere in the middle.

I understand that this is actually the opposite of what was requested, but I believe it still pertains. In a way, the inflated pricing of the dealers is a closer analogy to the topic at hand, but unfortunately, I have no expression to capture the practice of inflating sticker prices.

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  • Yes "inflating the sticker price" is very similar in concept to the behavior of my person A. – steveOw Jan 26 '15 at 19:39

I am looking at this from a financial justice point of view. Then I thought to me this means taking the law into one's own hands. I looked up a word for this because one did not immediately come to mind.

This is what I got:

Synonyms for taking the law into one's own hands

Can you clarify the question more. I had to clarify my interpretation of the question as it is ambiguous. It is an interesting question.

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  • How does this have anything to do with taking the law into your own hands? Also, clarifications to questions should be asked for in comments to the question, not in answers, which are supposed to be authoritative and able to stand on their own as valid answers. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 13 '15 at 22:43
  • Sorry I'm only a member for a few days. Was only trying to help out. I have an audit background so this would be my experienced interpretation. Using false money to get money that is rightfully yours would be my view of getting justice of some kind and thats where the law comes in. I was backing up my answer with personal experience based on the website's instructions. But I've learned about the comment thanks for that. – Treasa Jan 13 '15 at 22:48
  • I think you misunderstood the asker’s use of false here. The meaning seems to be making an exaggerated claim for something, hoping that a settlement will be possible that leaves you with a bigger share than you are really entitled to; similar to haggling to beat down the price of something: you offer a ridiculously low amount, the sellers counters with a ridiculously high amount, both hoping to end at a price that’s to their advantage. Actual counterfeit money are not involved. Incidentally, do take a look through the help center, that will tell you much about the place. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 13 '15 at 22:52
  • Ah ok now I'm with you. That's a bit clearer. I had to do a course in this once. It was called negotiation skills. Except in this case the favour is always on the negotiators side? I believe this is known as collective bargaining, a type of negotiation I used when I was involved in trade unions. link may be of interest. HTH sorry about my answer. – Treasa Jan 13 '15 at 23:03
  • @OSFox. You are right, my original question was ambiguous in that person A might have two intents:- (1) to achieve a fair outcome or (2) to achieve an unfair profit. I have simplified the question to exclude (2). – steveOw Jan 16 '15 at 20:38

"shoot for the moon" or, more aptly, "ask for the moon"

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  • Certainly there is an element of "asking for the moon" in person A's stratgey but I am hoping for a phrase which also includes the concept of "righting a wrong". – steveOw Jan 16 '15 at 20:29
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    Perhaps we should say "inflating the demand (or the damages) to get a fair settlement". That's what is often done in lawsuit negotiations. – Brian Hitchcock Jan 17 '15 at 3:00
  • Yes I think that "inflating the claim to get a fair settlement" is a good description of my person A's behavior and intent. However I was hoping that there would be a "juicier" phrase such as the one in the title such that just using a shortened form (e.g. "Claiming false dollar") would be sufficient to convey the full meaning (to someone familiar with the phrase). Also "inflated claims" tends to suggest that the claimant is seeking more than a fair reparation. – steveOw Jan 26 '15 at 19:52

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