dime

noun
\ 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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Even companies that invest in employee training expect workers to figure out their future career path, and some want workers to retrain themselves on their own time and dime. ... Lauren Weber, WSJ, "‘I’m Still Under Construction’; Six Tales of Lifelong Learning," 27 Feb. 2019 The Eagles could play more dime defense with only one linebacker on the field in the opener. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Doug Pederson won a golf bet to put the Eagles in home jerseys on the road | Early Birds," 4 July 2018 Dropping dimes: Rondo finished with 15 or more assists in a playoff game for the 11th time in his career. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Gayle Benson arrives for Pelicans' playoff opener against Blazers in Portland," 15 Apr. 2018 From Donta Hall rejecting everyone in his path to Dazon Ingram dropping long-distance dimes. Kevin Scarbinsky, AL.com, "This was the special Alabama basketball team we were expecting," 27 Jan. 2018 For added moisture, Atkin recommends the OUAI Finishing Cream, $24, which is like lotion for your hair, so applying a dime size all over helps tame any flyaways. 12. Amy Marturana, SELF, "17 Styling Tricks Women with Fine, Flat Hair Need to Know," 21 Dec. 2018 But Levy’s plan required him to reach a $5,000 deductible before his insurance plan paid a dime. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 In Philadelphia, officials haven’t put a dime in a rainy-day fund created in 2011, instead focusing on continuing priorities like shoring up its pension fund. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Los Angeles and Other Cities Stash Money to Prepare for a Recession," 24 Jan. 2019 Toptier brands such as Hermès, Dior, and Louis Vuitton continue to build monumental flagships, lending weight to the argument that while the foot traffic here might not yet match the District’s rivals, the shoppers are not short of a dime. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "A Guide to Miami's Chicest Shopping Districts," 30 Nov. 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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The first known use of dime was in 1786

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dime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dime

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

dime

noun
\ ˈdīm How to pronounce dime (audio) \

Kids Definition of dime

: a United States coin worth ten cents

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