\ 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
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

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The fanciful characters enacted by Kramer’s cast of 11 include a host of woodland creatures; switching diverse characters and costumes on a dime allows the actors to flex their range in standout performances too numerous to list. Patti Restivo, baltimoresun.com, "'Pip-Pip The Dragon' at Howard Community College delivers magic that is out of this world," 14 June 2019 Ross took the arsenal of Williams’ themes, both new and old, and created music that can change on a dime and go down a vast range of choose-your-own-adventure paths. Tim Greiving, latimes.com, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge needed a musical score. Cue John ‘Obi-wan’ Williams," 12 June 2019 His personality could flip on a dime, but that kind of behavior was familiar to me. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Who Is Jennifer Esposito, 'NCIS' Actor and Bradley Cooper's Ex-Wife?," 26 Feb. 2019 For a little brightening action, Dedivanovic then patted on a few pumps of the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum and then applied a dime-size amount of Tatcha's The Silk Canvas Primer. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Wore a Not-Yet-Released KKW Beauty Product to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 It was relegated to dime-store paperbacks and late-night programming available on select, out-of-package channels—something to be kept out of sight. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 How to Clean Your Beautyblender in 3 Easy Steps: Dab a dime-size amount of cleaning solution onto the sponge. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Beautyblender in 3 Easy Steps, According to Experts," 2 Jan. 2019 The work’s spell derives from the tarnished beauty of the house; the plaintive tones of the music; the incessant, unstoppable refrain — a dime-store mantra all the more heartbreaking for its triteness. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scenes of a privileged paradise that can never be in Ragnar Kjartansson’s ‘Western Culture’," 25 May 2018 As for the rookies, Veach sees immediate playing time for Breeland in the outside linebacker rotation with Justin Houston and Dee Ford, Nnadi in the interior line rotation, and O’Daniel in dime packages and all special teams. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Intent wasn't defense, defense, defense. It just worked that way for Chiefs | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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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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