two cents


or two cents' worth : an opinion offered on a topic under discussion
send your two cents' worth to your senator
: a sum or object of very small value : practically nothing
said angrily that for two cents he'd punch your nose

Examples of two cents in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Cooper took over Film Forum, its assets totalled forty-nine dollars and two cents. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023 Acting legends Patti LuPone and Sharon Stone shared their two cents on Kardashian’s role. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Since the first one launched more than 30 years ago, ETFs have become hugely popular with investors of all stripes, offering a safe and convenient way to get exposure to everything from gold to stock indexes for fees as low as two basis points (0.02%), or two cents for every $100 invested. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 17 Aug. 2023 The national average is up by two cents over the past week. Krystal Hur, CNN, 15 Aug. 2023 Pratt said five cents of the tax is being returned to retailers, three cents to the Evanston’s Solid Waste Fund for education and two cents to the Health Department to help fund enforcement on the ban. Brian L. Cox, Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2023 Navajo and Yuma counties were tied for the smallest increase, only spiking their totals by two cents. The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2023 Lisa Hochstein is giving her two cents on estranged husband Lenny Hochstein’s engagement. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 30 July 2023 Airline miles are often valued anywhere from just below one cent to two cents per mile. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of two cents was circa 1939

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“Two cents.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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