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red cent

noun, Informal.
a cent, as representative of triviality:
His promise isn't worth a red cent.
Origin of red cent
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for red-cent

red cent

(used with a negative) (informal, mainly US) a cent considered as a trivial amount of money (esp in the phrases not have a red cent, not worth a red cent, etc)
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Word Origin and History for red-cent

red cent


obsolete type of copper penny, 1839, American English, from red (adj.1) + cent. "Red" has been the color of copper, brass, and gold since ancient times.

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Idioms and Phrases with red-cent

red cent

see under not worth a dime
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