on a dime


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on a dime

In a very small space, suddenly, as in That horse is so well trained it can turn on a dime. This expression alludes to the fact that the dime is the smallest-size U.S. coin. [Early 1900s]
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on a dime

1 (of a manoeuvre that can be performed by a moving vehicle or person) within a small area or short distance. 2 quickly or instantly. US informal
The British equivalent to sense 1 is on a sixpence (see sixpence).
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on a ˈdime

(American English) (British English less frequent on a ˈsixpence)
1 in a short space or small area: A 3000 ton train doesn’t stop on a dime.These racing boats can turn on a dime.
2 quickly or suddenly: Market conditions can turn on a dime (= change quickly).This information enables us to respond to new opportunities on a dime.
A dime is a small coin of the US and Canada which is worth ten cents.
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on a dime

At a precise point; within a narrowly defined area: a sports car that stops on a dime.
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