dol·​lars-and-cents ˈdä-lərz-ən(d)-ˈsen(t)s How to pronounce dollars-and-cents (audio)
: dealing with or expressed in terms of money, sales, or profits

Examples of dollars-and-cents in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The numbers have serious impacts on dollars-and-cents issues, from the size of the nation’s workforce to the number of people drawing off programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Dante Chinni, NBC News, 4 June 2023 But in a polarized political environment, that dollars-and-cents appeal isn’t what’s breaking through. ‘Removed’ or ‘canceled’? Brian Stelter, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dollars-and-cents was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Dollars-and-cents.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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