It cost "four-bits" and drinks to dance, and the dances lasted only a few minutes.
Didn't I see the man who had been there and paid his four-bits to cross?
Ten dollars apiece was the price of a chance, and it was freeze-out at four-bits a chip.
Well, you can't blame her, in a way; when Bill lit out, he done her out of four-bits!
Half a dollar; 50 cents
[1840s+; originally a bit was a Mexican or Spanish real, worth 12½ cents, or a part of a more valuable coin, such that eight would make a dollar; ultimately fr 18th-century British slang bit, ''a small piece of money'']