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two cents

noun, (used with a plural verb)
something of insignificant value; a paltry amount:
We wouldn't give two cents for their chances of success.
two cents worth, an opinion, usually unsolicited and unwelcome:
Who asked you to add your two cents worth?
Origin of two cents
1840-50 Unabridged
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  • No one offered to put up the two cents and so the curtain was saved.

    The Crimson Sweater Ralph Henry Barbour
  • I'll give you two cents a pound for as many as you want to sell.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The day of two cents or even $20 an acre land round San Antonio is forever past.

  • They preferred to save the two cents stamp money, as a general thing.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We also commented on the poor accommodation furnished second-class passengers on railway trains, though paying two cents a mile.

Contemporary definitions for two cents

an unsolicited opinion; also called two cents' worth's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for two cents

two bits

noun phrase

A quarter; twenty-five cents

[1730+; fr the quarter part of a Mexican real, which had eight bits]

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 cents

two cents

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