two bits

noun Slang.
twenty-five cents.

1720–30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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