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for two cents

For nothing or very little; without needing much or any encouragement or enticement. For two cents I would gladly knock him upside the head, with the way he's been acting lately.
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for two cents

For nothing; for a petty sum. For example, For two cents I'd quit the club entirely. Similarly, like two cents, means "of little or no value or importance, worthless," as in She made me feel like two cents. The use of two cents in this sense is thought to be derived from a similar British use of twopence or tuppence, which dates from about 1600. The American coin was substituted in the 1800s, along with two bits, slang for 25 cents and also meaning "a petty sum." Similarly, put in one's two cents or two cents' worth , meaning "to express one's unsolicited opinion for whatever it is worth," dates from the late 1800s.
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The state of Massachusetts wants your two cents' worth for the next state coin.
LINDA KOCO'S INSIGHTFUL column of April 3 ("The Insurance Manufacturing Enigma") prompts me to add my two cents' worth. The notion that insurance companies are "product manufacturers" represents a fundamental lack of knowledge of: 1) what insurance is; 2) what it is to be used for; and 3) the vital role of trained agents/advisors.
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And this time it really is two cents' worth, as a check for that amount recently came in the mail.
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