not one red cent

not one red cent

Not even a tiny or the smallest amount of money. Primarily heard in US. I worked all of that overtime and what did I get for my efforts? Not one red cent! It's unbelievable that this so-called charity operated for so long and gave not one red cent where it was supposed to be given.
See also: cent, not, one, red

not one red cent

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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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