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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But he was allowed to retire before he could be punished — and collect his full pension on the public dime. David Meyer, Fox News, "LIRR worker who hung out at home on the clock, to retire without punishment, collect full pension: report," 10 July 2019 That’s the law that prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan politics on the taxpayer’s dime. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019 Drafting a player such as Samanic, who can spend a season or two growing on an international team’s dime, would help the Spurs solve that problem. ExpressNews.com, "Who could the Spurs take in the NBA Draft?," 15 June 2019 But scientists studying the region know Greenland's weather is highly variable and can change on the dime. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic Ocean and Greenland ice sheet seeing record June ice loss," 14 June 2019 Make a DIY Peel Homemade masks are a dime a dozen, but homemade peels? Glamour, "8 Genius Tips That’ll Give You Clearer Skin for Free," 26 Mar. 2019 Furthermore, criticisms of homogeneous or formulaic lineups, often short on women, have made once novel music festivals feel a dime a dozen. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Brandi Carlile and ODESZA look to break megafest mold with Mexico getaway concerts," 22 Jan. 2019 Antiwar critics of Trump’s Jacksonian rhetoric turned on a dime to blast him as a weak, vacillating leader afraid to call Iran to account. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why the US can afford to stay calm with Iran," 27 June 2019 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

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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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