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coin

[koin] /kɔɪn/
noun
1.
a piece of metal stamped and issued by the authority of a government for use as money.
2.
a number of such pieces.
3.
Informal. money; cash:
He's got plenty of coin in the bank.
4.
Architecture, quoin (defs 1, 2).
5.
Archaic. a corner cupboard of the 18th century.
adjective
6.
operated by, or containing machines operated by, inserting a coin or coins into a slot:
a coin laundry.
verb (used with object)
7.
to make (coinage) by stamping metal:
The mint is coining pennies.
8.
to convert (metal) into coinage:
The mint used to coin gold into dollars.
9.
to make; invent; fabricate:
to coin an expression.
10.
Metalworking. to shape the surface of (metal) by squeezing between two dies.
Compare emboss (def 3).
verb (used without object)
11.
British Informal. to counterfeit, especially to make counterfeit money.
Idioms
12.
coin money, Informal. to make or gain money rapidly:
Those who own stock in that restaurant chain are coining money.
13.
pay someone back in his / her own coin, to reciprocate or behave toward in a like way, especially inamicably; retaliate:
If they persist in teasing you, pay them back in their own coin.
14.
the other side of the coin, the other side, aspect, or point of view; alternative consideration.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English coyn(e), coygne < Anglo-French; Middle French coin, cuigne wedge, corner, die < Latin cuneus wedge
Related forms
coinable, adjective
coiner, noun
miscoin, verb
recoin, verb (used with object)
uncoined, adjective
well-coined, adjective

COIN

[koin] /kɔɪn/
noun, adjective
Origin
co(unter) in(surgency)
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Examples for coins
  • But, if you are carrying around a bag of coins, acquiring another one does not seem nearly as exciting.
  • Humans prize rare objects--be they paintings, coins or rare species of amphibians.
  • But anywhere one uses pure ammonia caution, safety, and ventilation are coins of the realm.
  • They have to make their guesses before they flip their coins.
  • Have your best interests at heart and you do your part to keep them in coins up to their eyes.
  • It struck him as suspicious, so he returned at night to find a group of counterfeiters manufacturing coins.
  • We're not wrong to work these beautiful words onto their coins, though: they were the engineers of the alterations.
  • He amused some customers with pots in anatomical shapes and clay coins imprinted with lewd picture puzzles.
  • Government revenues largely come from the sale of stamps and coins and remittances from seamen on merchant ships abroad.
  • The bob-tailed adverb, indeed, enters into a large number of the commonest coins of vulgar speech.
British Dictionary definitions for coins

coin

/kɔɪn/
noun
1.
a metal disc or piece used as money
2.
metal currency, as opposed to securities, paper currency, etc related adjective nummary
3.
(architect) a variant spelling of quoin
4.
pay a person back in his own coin, to treat a person in the way that he has treated others
5.
the other side of the coin, the opposite view of a matter
verb
6.
(transitive) to make or stamp (coins)
7.
(transitive) to make into a coin
8.
(transitive) to fabricate or invent (words, etc)
9.
(transitive) (informal) to make (money) rapidly (esp in the phrase coin it in)
10.
to coin a phrase, said ironically after one uses a cliché
Derived Forms
coinable, adjective
coiner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: stamping die, from Latin cuneus wedge
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Word Origin and History for coins

coin

n.

c.1300, "a wedge," from Old French coing (12c.) "a wedge; stamp; piece of money; corner, angle," from Latin cuneus "a wedge." The die for stamping metal was wedge-shaped, and the English word came to mean "thing stamped, a piece of money" by late 14c. (a sense that already had developed in French). Cf. quoin, which split off from this word 16c. Modern French coin is "corner, angle, nook." Coins were first struck in western Asia Minor in 7c. B.C.E.; Greek tradition and Herodotus credit the Lydians with being first to make and use coins of silver and gold.

v.

"to coin money," mid-14c., from coin (n.). Related: Coined; coining. To coin a phrase is late 16c. A Middle English word for minter was coin-smiter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for coins

coin

noun

Money; bread, loot (1870s+)


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Related Abbreviations for coins

COIN

counterinsurgency
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coins in the Bible

Before the Exile the Jews had no regularly stamped money. They made use of uncoined shekels or talents of silver, which they weighed out (Gen. 23:16; Ex. 38:24; 2 Sam. 18:12). Probably the silver ingots used in the time of Abraham may have been of a fixed weight, which was in some way indicated on them. The "pieces of silver" paid by Abimelech to Abraham (Gen. 20:16), and those also for which Joseph was sold (37:28), were proably in the form of rings. The shekel was the common standard of weight and value among the Hebrews down to the time of the Captivity. Only once is a shekel of gold mentioned (1 Chr. 21:25). The "six thousand of gold" mentioned in the transaction between Naaman and Gehazi (2 Kings 5:5) were probably so many shekels of gold. The "piece of money" mentioned in Job 42:11; Gen. 33:19 (marg., "lambs") was the Hebrew _kesitah_, probably an uncoined piece of silver of a certain weight in the form of a sheep or lamb, or perhaps having on it such an impression. The same Hebrew word is used in Josh. 24:32, which is rendered by Wickliffe "an hundred yonge scheep."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with coins
In addition to the idiom beginning with
coin
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