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Definition of dime

1a : a coin of the U.S. worth ¹/₁₀ dollar
b : a petty sum of money
2 : a Canadian 10-cent piece
3 slang : a packet containing 10 dollars worth of an illicit drug (such as marijuana)

called also dime bag

4 informal : money provided to pay expenses Executives in a perk-rich environment get used to living on the company's dime [=on the company's money; at the company's expense]— James Surowiecki They hopped a Greyhound, on their own dime, and had such a good time they stayed on …— Mark Ribowsky The boys are worthless, feckless layabouts, living off David's dime.— Whitney Pastorek
5 basketball, informal : assist entry 2 sense 2 Harden ended up recording his first triple-double of the season with 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He delivered seven dimes to Capela …— Tim MacMahon often used with dropNot only was he scoring in the post and grabbing rebounds, he also was dropping dimes [=making passes to enable teammates to score] including a flashy pass to Chance Coyle.— Hendrix Magley
a dime a dozen
: so plentiful or commonplace as to be of little esteem or slight value
on a dime
1 : in a very small area these cars can turn on a dime

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Examples of dime in a Sentence

the beauty of this deal is that all the extras won't cost you a dime
Recent Examples on the Web The city, on the other hand, wouldn’t have to pay a dime. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "‘Justified’ or ‘despicable’? The twisted tale of an LAPD excessive force case," 3 Jan. 2021 Huntsville artist turns on a dime from falsetto R&B to nimble rapping and back again. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "50 songs from 2020 to know by Alabama musicians," 31 Dec. 2020 Dorlus has been a critical piece of Oregon’s dime package as the sole interior lineman on the pass-rush package that’s worked wonders for the Ducks this season. oregonlive, "Brandon Dorlus’ development into all-around defensive lineman comes at right time for Oregon Ducks," 30 Dec. 2020 Linda Tripp, world-famous buttinsky , Dropped a dime on M. Lewinsky. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1417: Dead Letters, our annual obit-poem contest," 30 Dec. 2020 Founded in 1946, the prices were still marked in black Sharpie, and shoppers paid a dime to ride the mechanical elephant out front. New York Times, "The Treasured Diners and Hidden Haunts That Covid-19 Closed for Good," 27 Dec. 2020 Jones, a former Texas standout, has been used in Miami’s dime package, and has filled various roles all season. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Dolphins rookies have makings of a solid foundation of contributors | Commentary," 24 Dec. 2020 For all of the issues that Brady has had connecting on deep passes during his transition to Tampa, the game-winning points — and the first lead of the day of the Bucs — came on a 46-yard dime to Antonio Brown with 6:19 remaining. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady's vintage comeback win for Bucs also cruel irony for Bill Belichick, Patriots," 21 Dec. 2020 Stafford made a couple of special throws, including a dime of a 44-yard pass to Hunter Bryant. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Grading Detroit Lions' loss to Tennessee Titans: So many Fs on defense," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dime

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dime

Middle English, tenth part, tithe, from Anglo-French disme, dime, from Latin decima, from feminine of decimus tenth, from decem ten — more at ten

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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dime. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dime

: a U.S. or Canadian coin that is worth 10 cents


\ ˈdīm How to pronounce dime (audio) \

Kids Definition of dime

: a United States coin worth ten cents

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