\ ˈdīm How to pronounce dime (audio) \

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 drop Not 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
2 : instantly

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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 video shows a lot of Beckham coming back strong from his torn ACL, with footage of him running full speed, catching passes from Mayfield and cutting on a dime less than seven months out of surgery. cleveland, 6 July 2021 That should come as no surprise — the past year has driven home the fact that business circumstances can turn on a dime. Sagi Eliyahu, Forbes, 29 June 2021 If the world of podcasting had to change on a dime, restaurants were forced to adapt even more dramatically. Chris Morris, Fortune, 23 June 2021 Without a brace or sleeve on the knee, Beckham has been running fullspeed, cutting on a dime and leaping to make his trademark one-handed catches. cleveland, 20 June 2021 For cooler days - on the water the weather can turn on a dime - there is a long table below deck, and on private, bespoke cruises Mauro tailors menus and itineraries to accommodate special requests. Pamela Mccourt Francescone, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2021 Meanwhile, Thomas comically goes from honey to vinegar on a dime — while providing a tonsorial fashion parade, thanks to Justin Lore’s towering wigs. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 12 June 2021 Factories that manufacture microprocessors don’t turn on a dime. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 12 June 2021 During Friday’s practice Wilson could routinely be spotted making crisp cuts, stopping on a dime, and giving his defensive back enough change of direction to create an opening for the quarterback to throw his way. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 6 June 2021

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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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14 Jul 2021

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“Dime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dime. Accessed 29 Jul. 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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