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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
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 In 2016, an 1894-S dime sold for $2 million at a Florida auction. Fox News, "Massive Iron Age coin hoard worth $13M sets Guinness World Record," 4 Feb. 2020 Then the central foursome became a crusading Soul Squad, flying around the world on Tahani’s infinite dime. Darren Franich, EW.com, "A sweet Good Place finale rescues a frustrating final season: Review," 1 Feb. 2020 Lonzo will drop dimes against Denver Now that Zion Williamson is finally starting for the Pelicans, Lonzo Ball has more options to pass the ball. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NBA Player Prop Bet Payday: Jaren Jackson will maul the Pistons," 24 Jan. 2020 Peacock Free won't cost watchers a dime and will offer access to over 7,500 hours of programming. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Here's Why NBC's Streaming Platform 'Peacock' Is Already Better Than Netflix, Hulu, or Disney +," 21 Jan. 2020 Ousted Navy Secretary Criticizes Trump Trump could change his mind on a dime about any issue, something more likely to happen after the departures of the axis of adults. Peter Bergen, Time, "The Generals Tried to Keep Trump in Check. What Happens to Foreign Policy Now That They've Left?," 5 Dec. 2019 Some of them were flown to the remote, tropical destination on Qualcomm's dime. Wired, "Qualcomm Bets Big on 5G With Its Newest Mobile Chips," 4 Dec. 2019 Residents can prevent exposure to hantavirus by sealing holes larger than a dime and quickly disposing of rodent debris in homes and adjacent structures. Ramona Sentinel, "Julian brush mouse tests positive for hantavirus," 4 Oct. 2019 Gould brushed out curls and pulled Brosnahan's hair into a ponytail, before adding a dime-sized amount of the Moroccanoil Texture Clay to help separate the locks, finishing with a strong hold hairspray. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Stars Got Red Carpet Ready with Hair, Makeup and Manicures," 23 Sep. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dime. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce dime (audio)

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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