not worth a plugged nickel

not worth a plugged nickel

obsolete Completely worthless or useless; having little or no value. 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 plugged nickel. Over the years working here I've come to realize that the boss's promises aren't worth a plugged nickel.
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not worth a plugged nickel

of no value. US
A plugged coin has had a part removed and the space filled with base material.
1991 R. Hawkey & R. Bingham Wild Card If as much as a whisper gets out…none of our lives are going to be worth a plugged nickel.
See also: nickel, not, plug, worth

not worth a plugged nickel

mod. worth little or nothing. This new battery is not worth a plugged nickel.
See also: nickel, not, plug, worth