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cut off with a cent

To be intentionally disinherited from a will by being bequeathed a single cent rather than left nothing at all. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. My father never liked that I gave up medicine to become a writer, and he cut me off with a cent when he died.
See also: cent, cut, off

feel like two cents

To have a feeling of complete worthlessness or unimportance, likened to the paltry value of two cents. I'm glad to have finally broken up with Steven, he always made me feel like two cents.
See also: cent, feel, like, two

give (one's) two cents

To share one's opinion or point of view for whatever it may be worth, generally when it is unasked for. I find Jeff's husband a bit trying at times. He always insists on giving his two cents whether we want his opinion or not! If I can just give my two cents, I think the staff would really appreciate a bump in their pay.
See also: cent, give, two

give (one's) two cents' worth

To share one's opinion or point of view for whatever it may be worth, generally when it is unasked for. I find Jeff's husband a bit trying at times. He always insists on giving his two cents' worth whether we want his opinion or not! If I can just give my two cents' worth, I think the staff would really appreciate a bump in their pay.
See also: give, two, worth

put in (one's) two cents

To share one's opinion or point of view for whatever it may be worth, generally when it is unasked for. I find Jeff's husband a bit trying at times. He always insists on putting in his two cents whether we want his opinion or not! If I can just put in my two cents, I think the staff would really appreciate a bump in their pay.
See also: cent, put, two

put in (one's) two cents' worth

To share one's opinion or point of view for whatever it may be worth, generally when it is unasked for. I find Jeff's husband a bit trying at times. He always insists on putting in his two cents' worth whether we want his opinion or not! If I can just put in my two cents' worth, I think the staff would really appreciate a bump in their pay.
See also: put, two, worth

red cent

The smallest possible amount of money. Primarily heard in US. I worked all of that overtime and never received a red cent for my efforts.
See also: cent, red

not worth a red cent

Worthless. I don't know how I'm going to tell that woman that her prized collectibles are not worth a red cent.
See also: cent, not, red, worth

two cents

One's opinion or point of view for whatever it may be worth, generally when it is unasked for. I find Jeff's husband a bit trying at times. He always insists on putting in his two cents whether we want his opinion or not! Here's my two cents: I think the staff would really appreciate a bump in their pay.
See also: cent, two

not worth a dime

slang Worthless; undeserving of even the smallest amount of money. These wild abstract paintings are not worth a dime to me—they give me a headache! That house is not worth a dime, if you ask me. I mean, the ceiling has already partially collapsed, and the foundation is sinking!
See also: dime, not, worth

put (one's) two cents in

To share one's opinion or point of view, generally when it has not been asked for. I find Jeff a bit trying at times. He always insists on putting his two cents in no matter what the topic is, and no matter how much, or how little, he knows about it! If I can just put my two cents in, I think the staff would really appreciate a bump in their pay.
See also: cent, put, two

put (one's) two cents' worth in

To share one's opinion or point of view, generally when it has not been asked for. I find Jeff a bit trying at times. He always insists on putting his two cents' worth in no matter what the topic is, and no matter how much, or how little, he knows about it! If I can just put my two cents' worth in, I think the staff would really appreciate a bump in their pay.
See also: put, two, worth

cut off

1. verb Literally, to remove something from something else by cutting. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." Your plant might bloom again if you cut off the dead flowers.
2. verb To aggressively pull or move in front of another driver. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." Can you believe that jerk cut me off like that? I nearly hit him!
3. verb To interrupt one and stop them from talking. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." After my mom had been droning on for nearly five minutes, I just had to cut her off. Hey, don't cut me off—I'm not done my story.
4. verb To stop something from working; to turn something off. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." When the fuse blew, it cut off the power to the entire second floor. Look, if you don't pay your bill, the electric company will cut off your electricity.
5. verb To stop giving money to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." My parents have threatened to cut me off as soon as I turn 30, so I need to find a job. If the school board cuts off funding for the arts, then what will become of the theater program?
6. verb To change direction. Follow the river to where it cuts off to the left and then you'll see the picnic area.
7. verb To turn off a particular road. And then you cut off here and get on this dirt road. I swear we're almost there.
8. verb To prevent access to a particular area or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." I had to take a detour because the water department had blocked a bunch of streets, cutting me off from my house.
9. verb To isolate or sequester someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." The investigators plan to cut the suspect off from his bosses, in the hope that he will confess.
10. verb To end unexpectedly or abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." No one was disappointed when the principal's microphone came unplugged, cutting off his speech. Aw man, why did the music cut off?
11. verb To intercept something, as of an infielder in baseball. The shortstop cut off the throw from the outfield, but the runner had already scored.
12. verb To disinherit or disown someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." If you continue to fight with your mother like this, she may just cut you off and leave you with nothing.
13. adjective Indicating an end point for something. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The cutoff date for the contest is tomorrow, so I hope you've finished your entry.
14. adjective Describing one who intercepts the throw in baseball. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The shortstop acted as the cutoff man and then threw the ball to the catcher.
15. adjective Too intoxicated to keep being served alcohol. When I nearly fell off my stool for the third time, the bartender told me that I was cut off.
16. noun The act of ending or stopping something. When used as an noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. If there is a cutoff of funding, then what will become of the theater program?
17. noun Pants that have been cut into shorts, typically with a ragged hem. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word and pluralized ("cutoffs"). I had only brought jeans with me on the trip, and it was so hot that I had to turn them into cutoffs.
See also: cut, off

dollars-and-cents

Describing something, such as a method or approach, that focuses on money, sometimes in specific amounts. Primarily heard in UK. Brian's dollars-and-cents approach to running the company saved it from bankruptcy.

for two cents

For nothing or very little; without needing much or any encouragement or enticement. For two cents I would gladly knock him upside the head, with the way he's been acting lately.
See also: cent, two

cut off

 
1. to stop by itself or oneself. The machine got hot and cut off. Bob cut off in midsentence.
2. to turn off a road, path, highway, etc. This is the place where you are supposed to cut off. When you come to a cutoff on the left, continue on for about mile.
See also: cut, off

cut someone or something off (from something)

to block or isolate someone or something from some place or something. They cut the cattle off from the wheat field. The enemy tanks cut off the troops from their camp.
See also: cut, off

cut someone or something off (short)

Fig. to interrupt someone or something; to prevent someone from continuing to speak. (See also chop someone off.) In the middle of her sentence, the teacher cut her off short. Bob cut off Mary when she was trying to explain.
See also: cut, off

cut something off

 
1. to shorten something. Cut this board off a bit, would you? Cut off this board a little, please.
2. to turn something off, such as power, electricity, water, the engine, etc. Would you please cut that engine off? Cut off the engine, Chuck.
See also: cut, off

He wears a ten-dollar hat on a five-cent head.

Rur. He is stupid but rich. He got the job because he's the boss's son, not because he's smart. He wears a ten-dollar hat on a five-cent head.
See also: hat, he, head, on, wear

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.
See also: damn, not, worth

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

put one's oar in

 and stick one's oar in; put one's two cents(' worth) in
Fig. to add one's comments or opinion, even if unwanted or unasked for. You don't need to put your oar in. I don't need your advice. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have stuck my oar in when you were arguing with your wife. Do you mind if I put in my oar? I have a suggestion. There is no need for you to put in your two cents' worth.
See also: oar, put

cut off

1. Separate from others, isolate, as in The construction debris cut off the workers from the canteen, or The new sect was cut off from the church. [Late 1500s]
2. Stop suddenly, discontinue, as in He quickly cut off the engine, or The drama was cut off by a news flash about tornado warnings. [Late 1500s]
3. Shut off, bar, Their phone was cut off when they didn't pay the bill, or Tom's father threatened to cut off his allowance. [c. 1600]
4. Interrupt the course or passage of, intercept, as in The operator cut us off, or The shortstop cut off the throw to the plate. [Late 1500s]
5. Also, cut off with a shilling or cent . Disinherit, as in Grandfather cut him off with a shilling. This usage dates from the early 1700s; the purpose of bequeathing one shilling (a small sum) was to indicate that the heir had not been overlooked but was intentionally being disinherited. In America cent was substituted from about 1800 on.
See also: cut, off

for two cents

For nothing; for a petty sum. For example, For two cents I'd quit the club entirely. Similarly, like two cents, means "of little or no value or importance, worthless," as in She made me feel like two cents. The use of two cents in this sense is thought to be derived from a similar British use of twopence or tuppence, which dates from about 1600. The American coin was substituted in the 1800s, along with two bits, slang for 25 cents and also meaning "a petty sum." Similarly, put in one's two cents or two cents' worth , meaning "to express one's unsolicited opinion for whatever it is worth," dates from the late 1800s.
See also: cent, two

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.
See also: damn, not, worth

put in one's two cents

see under for two cents.
See also: cent, put, two

red cent

see under not worth a dime.
See also: cent, red

not one red cent

or

not a red cent

mainly AMERICAN
If you say not one red cent or not a red cent, you mean no money at all. The bank made £12,480 of interest using the couple's money. The couple, of course, received not one red cent! But investors have to remember that with many shows they won't get a red cent back. Note: This expression is often used in a disapproving way. Note: The American one-cent coin used to be made from copper, but is now made from a mixture of copper, tin and zinc.
See also: cent, not, one, red

your two cents' worth

mainly AMERICAN
Your two cents' worth is your opinion about something, even if nobody has asked you for it. Your father kept telling me to hush up but you know me, I had to put in my two cents' worth. Note: An old-fashioned British expression for this is your two penn'orth.
See also: two, worth

not have a penny to your name

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

not have a cent to your name

mainly AMERICAN
If someone doesn't have a penny to their name or doesn't have a cent to their name, they are poor. He never had a penny to his name while he was with me. Note: You can also say that someone is without a penny to their name with the same meaning. Four months after emigrating, the couple returned to Britain without a penny to their name. He ended up a helpless old man without a cent to his name. Note: You can say that someone has a certain amount of money to their name, meaning that is how much money they have. In 1990, with only $500 to her name, she landed a $33,000-a-week contract.
See also: have, name, not, penny

cut off

v.
1. To remove something by cutting: I cut off the tree branch. He cut his beard off.
2. To interrupt someone who is speaking: Don't cut me off like that. The speaker was cut off by the crowd. The principal cut off the discussion when the assembly started.
3. To separate someone from others; isolate someone: I don't want to cut my brother off from his friends. She was cut off from her family while she was gone. All contact was cut off.
4. To stop something from functioning by disconnecting it from its source of power: Cut the power off. The landlord cut off the heat. The lights got cut off.
5. To interrupt the course or passage of something: The infielder cut off the throw to the plate. The police cut all the routes of escape off.
6. To interrupt or break the line of communication of someone: The telephone operator cut us off. The storm cut off the phone lines.
7. To stop or come to an end suddenly: The music suddenly cut off.
8. To change from one direction to another: The road goes straight over the hill and then cuts off to the right around the pond.
9. To disinherit someone: They cut their heirs off without a cent. My parents changed their will and cut me off after I left home.
10. To discontinue the funding for something, such as a government program: School breakfasts were cut off after the funding cuts. The mayor cut off free school lunches from the budget.
11. To drive into the space in front of a moving car, often suddenly and recklessly: That taxi cut me off on the highway. The truck cut off the small car abruptly.
See also: cut, off

cent

n. one dollar. (Underworld.) One cent for one joint? Not bad.

not worth a damn

mod. worthless. When it comes to keeping score, she’s not worth a damn.
See also: damn, not, worth

a good five-cent cigar

A sensibly affordable item. The remark “What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar” was popularized by Thomas Riley Marshall, vice president of the United States under Woodrow Wilson. In one account, he made the remark while presiding in the Senate after he heard a succession of senators enumerate what was lacking in the United States. The remark, which most likely originated with a 19th-century humorist named Kin Hubbard, was appropriated by several generations of Americans to complain obliquely about overpriced items of any sort.
See also: cigar, good
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