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two bits

noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Slang.
twenty-five cents.
Origin of two bits
1720-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for two bits
  • The contrast between the two bits of infrastructure is telling.
  • two bits of evidence suggest the truth lies somewhere in between.
  • Or, to put it slightly differently, two bits of nature disagree with each other.
  • The communist block also had two bits of good fortune.
  • The demon must use on average two bits of its own memory for every bit of the gas's entropy it decreases.
  • two bits can be stored in the handle when not in use.
Word Origin and History for two bits

"quarter," 1730, in reference to the Mexican real, a large coin that was divided into eight bits; see bit (n.1). Two bits would have equaled a quarter of the coin. Hence two-bit (adj.) "cheap, tawdry," first recorded 1929. Cf. piece of eight; see piece (n.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for two bits


  1. A two-base hit; a double (1880+ Baseball)
  2. A very ugly person; double-bagger: two-bagger, a girl who needs exactly that to cover her ugliness (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with two bits

two bits

see under for two cents
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