Definition of dime
1a : a coin of the U.S. worth 1⁄10 dollarb : 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
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
Examples of dime in a Sentence
the beauty of this deal is that all the extras won't cost you a dime
Recent Examples of dime from the Web
With the Lakers trying to return to the Showtime era with rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who was on hand for the news conference, leading the fast-break and dropping dimes, Caldwell-Pope will finally realize his potential.
Democrats will remain adamantly opposed to cutting a dime from any program.
Schools went nearly the entire 2015-16 year without a dime from the state, then received between one-fifth to one-half of their typical funding in the first stopgap bill in April 2016, just weeks before the end of the fiscal year.
Truckloads of dimes in envelopes arrived at the White House.
Dime-sized holes, pockmarks, and wood shavings: all signs that the invasive Asian longhorn beetle is burrowing its way through Clermont County.
Perhaps the success of the Switch simply caught some of these publishers unaware, so projects that were already well underway when the system launched aren't able to turn on a dime with an eye toward a Switch port.
Under the plan, announced this month, any Michigan family that makes less than $65,000 a year won’t have to pay a dime toward tuition at U-M’s Ann Arbor campus.
Scherzer, of course, has been worth every dime of his deal, and more.
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DIME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dime for English Language Learners
: a U.S. or Canadian coin that is worth 10 cents
DIME Defined for Kids
Definition of dime for Students
: a United States coin worth ten cents
History for dime
In earlier English, our name for a coin worth a tenth of a dollar meant simply “a tenth part” of something. This word was borrowed from medieval French dime or disme, with the same meaning. Dime, in turn, descends from Latin decima, a form of decimus, meaning “tenth.”
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