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two bits
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Two bits
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two bits
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noun
Slang.
twentyfive cents.
Origin:
1720–30,
Americanism
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Word Origin & History
two bits
"quarter," 1730, in ref. to the Mexican real, a large coin that was divided into eight bits (cf. piece of eight; see
piece
); hence twobit (adj.) "cheap, tawdry," first recorded 1929.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases
two bits
see under
for two cents
.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
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.
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