thin dime

thin dime

1. dated Used to describe a dime's physical appearance as well as to emphasize how little something costs if you can get it for just 10 cents. Primarily heard in US. Before 1959, you could get two bottles of Coca-Cola for a single thin dime. Hey, could you spare a thin dime for a phone call?
2. dated An extremely small amount of money. Usually modified with "one" or "a single." Primarily heard in US. There was a time that I didn't have one thin dime to my name. Now I'm a millionaire!
See also: dime, thin
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thin dime

n. a dime, thought of as a very small amount of money. (A concept eroded by inflation.) For only one thin dime you will receive our exciting catalog of novelties and tricks.
See also: dime, thin
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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