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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 First Official IUI After a week of taking Clomid, my hormones are all over the place and hot flashes are a dime a dozen. refinery29.com, "Fertility Diary: I’m Stranded An Ocean Away From My Embryos," 30 July 2020 The bay variety are smaller (about the size of a dime) and more tender, while sea scallops are larger, growing as big as two inches. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What Are Scallops? Everything You Need to Know," 30 June 2020 But the Browns could cut the defensive end up to a week before the opening game without paying him a dime. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "What’s the deal with Olivier Vernon? What about the D-line, is it better? Let’s talk Cleveland Browns!," 12 July 2020 Lewis also struggles against quicker receivers who can stop-start on a dime, as Lewis tends to labor to accelerate after initially throwing on the brakes. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Who is the better Cowboys CB — Jourdan Lewis or Anthony Brown?," 6 July 2020 From Tuesday, companies had the choice to bring back furloughed employees part time, but on their own dime, or keep them on the furlough scheme. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The U.K. has an ambitious plan to prevent mass layoffs. What’s with the latest firing spree then?," 2 July 2020 But when the tobacco litigation was all wrapped up, not a dime was allocated to tribal governments to deal with the devastation that cancer had left behind and the addiction issues. Washington Post, "Despair in Indian country," 29 June 2020 An extremely rare 1894 dime, one of only 24 minted and once owned by former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, sold at auction for $1.32 million last year, including the buyer’s commission. Fox News, "Extremely rare 1823 quarter sells for $102G," 26 June 2020 Three weeks later, Universal had raked in $100 million, without having had to pay a dime to movie theaters. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Tech after COVID-19: What comes next?," 22 June 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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6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dime. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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