piece of change

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piece of change

1. Any sum of money, usually specified by an adjective. That's a pretty big piece of change to drop on a used car! I've been putting away little bits of money for a few years, and now I have a nice little piece of change saved up for a trip to Japan.
2. A coin. Legend has it that anyone who drops a piece of change into this well will have any wish their heart desires granted.
See also: change, of, piece

piece of change

A sum of money, especially a considerable amount, as in That car is worth a piece of change. [Slang; early 1900s]
See also: change, of, piece
References in classic literature ?
Clare distributed small pieces of change among them.
Then he starts flinging pieces of change. Each coin hits everything but its intended target, cars in the next lane, innocent collectors in the next booth, and (just for variety a nickel or two falls inside a nearby orange cone.
Some 60,000 rounds for troops overseas and 6,000 rolls a week for the ever-expanding New Hampshire factory incarceration industry, are no small pieces of change.
I have not changed my stance in light of the fact that not everything has come to pass, because upon closer inspection, the pieces of change are still lining up as suspected.
"We had injuries, we had bits and pieces of changes of personnel in there, we didn't have Paul O'Connell, which is always going to be a massive loss.