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A niggardly, stingy person; a penny pincher. Primarily heard in US. I used to hate going out to restaurants with my ex-girlfriend. She was such a nickle nurser that we'd never get anything nice to eat, and she always refused to leave a tip.
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not have two nickels to rub together
To be extremely poor; to have very little or no money to spend. Primarily heard in US. During college, when I didn't have two nickels to rub together, I survived off of ramen noodles for months at a time. They used to be so well off, but the economy crashed and their business closed, and they don't have two nickels to rub together anymore.
be not worth a plug nickel
obsolete To be completely worthless or useless; to have little or no value. (A variant of "not worth a plugged nickel.") Refers to coins (not only nickels) that were "plugged"—that is, those that had a hole drilled in their center and were filled with cheaper metals—which made the coins illegitimate and worthless if spotted. Primarily heard in US. I was so excited when my grandpa said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a plug nickel. Over the years working here I've come to realize that the boss's promises aren't worth a plug nickel.
I've seen better heads on nickel beers.
Rur. This person is stupid. Jim's good-looking, but I've seen better heads on nickel beers. My students this term aren't what you'd call bright. I've seen better heads on nickel beers.
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 damn
Inf. worthless. This pen is not worth a damn. When it comes to keeping score, she's not worth a damn.
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.
not have two pennies to rub together(British, American & Australian) also not have two nickels to rub together (American)
to be very poor She's been out of work for months and doesn't have two pennies to rub together.
Don't take any wooden nickels.(American informal)
something that you say when someone leaves, to tell them to be careful and to take good care of themselves Hey guys - have a good trip, and don't take any wooden nickels.
not worth a damn
Also, not worth a plugged nickel or red cent or bean or hill of beans or fig or straw or tinker's damn . Worthless, as in That car isn't worth a damn, or My new tennis racket is not worth a plugged nickel. As for the nouns here, a damn or curse is clearly of no great value (also see not give a damn); a plugged nickel in the 1800s referred to a debased five-cent coin; a cent denotes the smallest American coin, which was red when made of pure copper (1800s); a bean has been considered trivial or worthless since the late 1300s (Chaucer so used it), whereas hill of beans alludes to a planting method whereby four or five beans are put in a mound (and still are worthless); and both fig and straw have been items of no worth since about 1400. A tinker's dam, first recorded in 1877, was a wall of dough raised around a spot where a metal pipe is being repaired so as to hold solder in place until it hardens, whereupon the dam is discarded. However, tinker's damn was first recorded in 1839 and probably was merely an intensification of "not worth a damn," rather than having anything to do with the dam.
double nickelsand double buffalo
n. the number fifty-five; the fifty-five-mile-per-hour speed limit. (Originally citizens band radio. The buffalo is on one side of the nickel.) You’d better travel right on those double nickels in through here. The bears are hungry. Double buffalo is for trucks. You can go seventy.
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.
nickel and dime someoneverb
not worth a damn
mod. worthless. When it comes to keeping score, she’s not worth a damn.
not worth a plugged nickel
mod. worth little or nothing. This new battery is not worth a plugged nickel.
Don't take any wooden nickels
Don't let yourself be cheated. This expression was first heard in the early 20th century. Although there never were any wooden nickels as legal tender, country folk going to a city were likely to be cheated by all manner of ruses, including obviously counterfeit coins. Wooden nickels did exist, however, as bank promotions during and after the Great Depression; the “coins” were redeemable for prizes.