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two bits

noun, Slang.
1.
twenty-five cents.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30, Americanism
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Word Origin and History for two-bits
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 two-bit (adj.) "cheap, tawdry," first recorded 1929.
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Slang definitions & phrases for two-bits

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-bits
see under for two cents
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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