two cents


Definition of two cents

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

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Just last week, the Masked Singer host appeared on VladTV and gave his two cents on the unconfirmed rumors that Steve Harvey's 22-year-old stepdaughter was dating the 49-year-old rapper. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Masked Singer' Host Nick Cannon Faces Backlash Over Lori Harvey and P. Diddy Comments," 3 Sep. 2019 Naturally, people are freaking out in response to the video, and as per usual, are leaving their two cents in the comment section. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Woman Curled Her Hair on a Hot Pole in California, and the Meme Is Going Viral," 29 Aug. 2019 Earnings per share were $1.55 — two cents above analysts' expectations. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohl's revenue and same-store sales drop in second quarter, but CEO Michelle Gass upbeat," 20 Aug. 2019 Nationally average gas prices jumped two cents in the past week, averaging $2.75 per gallon today. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Houston gas prices tick up again," 8 July 2019 Getty Images Mischa was on the up and up, but the rumors swirling around her threatened to dull her shine, and Perez Hilton's mean-spirited two cents certainly didn't do her any favors. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Why Are Mischa Barton and Perez Hilton Feuding on 'The Hills: New Beginnings'?," 2 July 2019 That’s a penny more than former San Antonio, Texas mayor and Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro, at $0.03, and two cents higher than Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, both at $0.02. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Betting markets give Biden and Warren nearly equal odds for 2020 nomination," 26 June 2019 Many other Kansas City residents and American barbecue fans replied to the post, chiming in with their own two cents on the menu addition. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Kansas City Mayor Shares His Thoughts on McDonald's UK "Kansas City Stack" Burger," 21 June 2019 Her signature proposal is a wealth tax of two cents on the dollar on assets over $50m. The Economist, "Elizabeth Warren, saviour of capitalism," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of two cents

circa 1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of two cents was circa 1939

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