a dime a dozen
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a 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. Haven't you ever seen a taxicab before? They're a dime a dozen here in the big city.
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(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.
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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]
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a dime a dozenAMERICAN
If things or people are a dime a dozen, there are a lot of them, and so they are not especially valuable or interesting. Note: A dime is an American coin worth ten cents. Writers are a dime a dozen, a new one will be easy enough to find. Films about primitive people are a dime a dozen right now. Note: The usual British expression is two a penny.
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a dime a dozenvery common and of no particular value. US informal
A dime is a small US coin worth ten cents which occurs in various US expressions as a metaphor for cheapness or smallness.
1998 New Scientist Of course, medical breakthroughs are not a dime a dozen.
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a dime a dozen
Overly abundant; commonplace.
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dime a dozen, a
Readily available, so cheap as to be without value. The dime being an American coin, declared the ten-cent piece by the Continental Congress in 1786 (the word comes from the French dime, for “tithe,” or one-tenth), this expression is obviously American in origin and probably owes its long life to alliterative appeal. Inflation has further degraded the meaning. Early in the twentieth century a dime could buy a paperback book (dime novel) or a cup of coffee and a doughnut; “Brother, can you spare a dime?” was the universal cry for a handout during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
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