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dime's worth of difference

A miniscule, insignificant, or indiscernible amount of difference. Often used in the negative for extra emphasis. There isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two candidates—they're both crooks, in my opinion. You can holler all you like, it won't make a dime's worth of difference.
See also: difference, of, worth

drop a dime

To snitch or inform on someone to a person of higher authority. Originally street slang for informing to police, it refers to the old price of using a public payphone (10 cents). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Timmy is such a teacher's pet, always ready to drop a dime on any of the other students he thinks are misbehaving. He knew he was facing 10 years in prison, so he agreed to drop a dime or two to police in exchange for a lighter sentence.
See also: dime, drop

yankee dime

A kiss. My grandmother would always say, "Come give me a yankee dime, my dear," when she wanted a kiss.
See also: dime, Yankee

dime a dozen

Ubiquitous; so abundant or common as to hold little or no value. In Los Angeles, waiters trying to become famous actors are a dime a dozen. That bird might be a rare sight where you come from, but around here they're a dime a dozen.
See also: dime, dozen

(a) dime a dozen

Fig. abundant; cheap and common. People who can write good books are not a dime a dozen. Romantic movies are a dime a dozen.
See also: dime, dozen

get off the dime

Sl. to start moving; to get out of a stopped position. Why don't you get off the dime and complete some of these projects that you started? As soon as the board of directors gets off the dime on this proposal, we will have some action.
See also: dime, get, off

nickel-and-dime someone (to death)

Fig. to make numerous small monetary charges that add up to a substantial sum. Those contractors nickel-and-dimed me to death. Just give me the whole bill at one time. Don't nickel-and-dime me for days on end.

not worth a dime

 and not worth a red cent
worthless. This land is all swampy. It's not worth a dime. This pen I bought isn't worth a dime. It has no ink.
See also: dime, not, worth

stop on a dime

Fig. to come to a stop in a very short distance. This thing will stop on a dime. Imagine a bus that could stop on a dime.
See also: dime, on, stop

stop someone cold

to halt someone immediately. When you told us the bad news, it stopped me cold.
See also: cold, stop

turn on a dime

Fig.[for a vehicle] to turn in a very tight turn. This car can turn on a dime. I need a vehicle that can turn on a dime.
See also: dime, on, turn

a dime a dozen

commonly available Remember, editors are a dime a dozen, so if she causes trouble, fire her.
See also: dime, dozen

stop on a dime

to end movement very quickly The car stopped on a dime to avoid slamming into a truck.
See also: dime, on, stop

turn on a dime

to change direction very quickly The economy is not likely to turn on a dime between now and the end of the year. We never knew what our father would decide because his opinions could turn on a dime.
See also: dime, on, turn

be a dime a dozen

  (American & Australian informal)
to be common and not have much value Romantic novels like these are a dime a dozen.
See also: dime, dozen

not be worth a dime

  (American informal)
to have little or no value It turns out her precious painting isn't worth a dime - it's a fake.
See also: dime, worth

on a dime

  (American informal)
if a vehicle or its driver turns or stops on a dime, they turn or stop in a very small space His car is great for parking - it can turn on a dime.
See also: dime, on

nickel-and-dime

  (American informal)
very ordinary and not important
Usage notes: Nickels and dimes are American coins which are very low in value.
(always before noun) We drove along past deserted gas stations and nickel-and-dime diners.

nickel and dime somebody

  (American informal)
to charge someone small amounts of money for something, often as an extra payment I hate being nickeled and dimed by hotels for local telephone calls - they already charge you so much for the room.
See also: and, dime, nickel

dime a dozen

So plentiful as to be valueless. For example, Don't bother to buy one of these-they're a dime a dozen. The dime was declared the American ten-cent coin in 1786 by the Continental Congress. [First half of 1900s]
See also: dime, dozen

drop a dime

Inform on or betray someone, as in No one can cheat in this class-someone's bound to drop a dime and tell the teacher. This expression, alluding to the ten-cent coin long used for making a telephone call, originated as underworld slang for phoning the police to inform on a criminal and occasionally is extended to any kind of betrayal. [1960s]
See also: dime, drop

get off the dime

Take action, especially following a time of indecision or delay. For example, It's time this administration got off the dime and came up with a viable budget. This expression originated in the 1920s in dance-halls as an imperative for dancers to get moving. By 1926 it had been extended to other activities.
See also: dime, get, off

on a dime

In a very small space, suddenly, as in That horse is so well trained it can turn on a dime. This expression alludes to the fact that the dime is the smallest-size U.S. coin. [Early 1900s]
See also: dime, on

stop cold

Also, stop dead or in one's tracks or on a dime . Halt suddenly, come to a standstill, as in When a thread breaks, the machine just stops cold, or He was so surprised to see them in the audience that he stopped dead in the middle of his speech , or The deer saw the hunter and stopped in its tracks, or An excellent skateboarder, she could stop on a dime. The first term uses cold in the sense "suddenly and completely," a usage dating from the late 1800s. The first variant was first recorded in 1789 and probably was derived from the slightly older, and still current, come to a dead stop, with the same meaning. The second variant uses in one's tracks in the sense of "on the spot" or "where one is at the moment"; it was first recorded in 1824. The third variant alludes to the dime or ten-cent piece, the smallest-size coin.
See also: cold, stop

dime store

n. an establishment that is chaotic because of its small scale. I can’t stand this dime store anymore. This is no way to run a law firm.
See also: dime, store

dime-dropper

n. an informer. (see also drop a dime.) I think that Taylor is the dime-dropper who caused the roust.

drop a dime

tv. to inform the police of criminal activity. (Underworld. See explanation at dime-dropper.) No, almost anybody will drop a dime these days.
See also: dime, drop

get off the dime

in. [for something or someone] to start moving. (To get off the dime that one stopped on in stop on a dime.) If this project gets off the dime, we’ll be okay.
See also: dime, get, off

nickel and dime someone (to death)

tv. to make numerous small monetary charges that add up to a substantial sum. Just give me the whole bill at one time. Don’t nickel and dime me for days on end.
See also: and, death, dime, nickel

nickel and dime someone

verb
See also: and, dime, nickel

stop on a dime

in. to stop immediately. Imagine a bus that could stop on a dime.
See also: dime, on, stop

thin dime

n. a dime, thought of as a very small amount of money. (A concept eroded by inflation.) For only one thin dime you will receive our exciting catalog of novelties and tricks.
See also: dime, thin

turn on a dime

in. to turn sharply; to turn in a small radius. A car that will turn on a dime at high speed without turning turtle is what I want.
See also: dime, on, turn

a dime a dozen

Overly abundant; commonplace.
See also: dime, dozen

on a dime

At a precise point; within a narrowly defined area: a sports car that stops on a dime.
See also: dime, on

drop a dime

Slang
To make a telephone call, especially to the police to inform on or betray someone.
See also: dime, drop

drop a dime

To snitch, to betray. Once upon a time, pay phones in enclosed booths could be found on most urban streets as well as in other public areas. Vandalism was rare, so the phones worked, and equally surprising to us today, local calls cost a dime. A person who wanted to report something to the authorities that he or she didn't want anyone to overhear and didn't want the call traced located a secluded phone booth and deposited ten cents. That's the dime that was dropped down the coin slot. The dime-dropper took a big chance, because if the droppee found out, the rat stood a good chance of being exterminated.
See also: dime, drop

get off the dime

To move or to stop wasting time. Back in the 1920s and '30s, taxi dancers were female dance hall employees whose livelihood was dancing with any men who paid for the opportunity. The usual fee was ten cents, but that's not what “dime” in “get off the dime” meant. Dancing with man after man for hours on end was tiring business, and the women often draped themselves over their partners and moved their feet as little as possible, no more than the width of a dime. Although the men didn't object, dance hall managers did. That sort of mobility might lead to hankypanky that would invite attention from the police and other enforcers of public morality. “Get off the dime” was the order, whereupon the women were then obliged to take more energetic dance steps.
See also: dime, get, off
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Initially, Parsons says, Dime Bancorp "will not go into interstate banking," even though the merged thrift already has a branch in neighboring New Jersey.
Dime touts its stock performance while totally disregarding the fact
gov) or from Dime by directing such request to: Dime Bancorp, Inc.
Parsons, chairman and chief executive officer of the Dime, said, "I am extremely pleased that our plan has been approved.
For example, although Warner & Stackpole was representing to Dime that secondary financing did not exist, in many instances it was Warner & Stackpole itself which drafted, notarized and/or recorded the second and third mortgages in question.
The policy pays The Dime the eligible customer's entire monthly mortgage obligation, including principal, interest, taxes and insurance of up to $3,500 a month for up to three months.
In light of the banks' commitment, ICP, which is a Bronx-based community organization, has withdrawn a protest filed with the Office of Thrift Supervision, the federal regulatory agency that is responsible for approving the merger between Dime and Anchor.
In another related case, former Warner & Stackpole associate, Scott Jamieson, 31, of Natick pleaded guilty to five counts of making false statements to Dime in connection with two different condominium projects for which Dime was providing loans to buyers.
John Pappalardo announced that two real estate developers, a real estate agent, an attorney and a former bank loan representative have been charged with defrauding The Dime Savings Bank of New York and its Massachusetts subsidiary, Dime Real Estate Services of Massachusetts.
John Pappalardo announced that a Lexington developer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bank fraud, and false statements in connection with condominium mortgage loans obtained from The Dime Savings Bank of New York and its Massachusetts subsidiary, Dime Real Estate Services of Massachusetts.
Toal stated, "We are equally pleased that Tony Terracciano has agreed to join the Dime team as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
North Fork to Solicit Proxies at Dime Annual Meeting
Dime Bancorp (NYSE: DME) announced today that although it had not received a copy of any correspondence from Hudson to North Fork, the fact of the matter is that Dime advised Hudson in writing last week that Dime did not object to Hudson granting an unconditional waiver of the provision in the Dime-Hudson merger agreement that restricts Dime's ability to talk to other parties, including North Fork.
NYSE: NFB) said today that Hudson United Bancorp has advised North Fork that Hudson United has "been unable to reach agreement with Dime on the terms of the waiver.
Johnson, 38, of Compton, is in custody on suspicion of trying Thursday to collect $400 by passing off 3,804 pennies as dimes - putting them in dime rolls and presenting them to a teller at a Great Western Bank branch.