not one red cent

not one red cent

Not even a tiny amount of money. Primarily heard in US. I worked all of that overtime and didn't get one red cent for my efforts. Until you fix the issue with my internet, I'm not paying these fees—not one red cent!
See also: cent, not, one, 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
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Our proposal required not one red cent of new HUD funds.
Not one red cent of that went to the minority business community.