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coin

[koin] /kɔɪn/
noun
1.
a piece of metal stamped and issued by the authority of a government for use as money.
2.
a number of such pieces.
3.
Informal. money; cash:
He's got plenty of coin in the bank.
4.
Architecture. quoin (defs 1, 2).
5.
Archaic. a corner cupboard of the 18th century.
adjective
6.
operated by, or containing machines operated by, inserting a coin or coins into a slot:
a coin laundry.
verb (used with object)
7.
to make (coinage) by stamping metal:
The mint is coining pennies.
8.
to convert (metal) into coinage:
The mint used to coin gold into dollars.
9.
to make; invent; fabricate:
to coin an expression.
10.
Metalworking. to shape the surface of (metal) by squeezing between two dies.
Compare emboss (def 3).
verb (used without object)
11.
British Informal. to counterfeit, especially to make counterfeit money.
Idioms
12.
coin money, Informal. to make or gain money rapidly:
Those who own stock in that restaurant chain are coining money.
13.
pay someone back in his / her own coin, to reciprocate or behave toward in a like way, especially inamicably; retaliate:
If they persist in teasing you, pay them back in their own coin.
14.
the other side of the coin, the other side, aspect, or point of view; alternative consideration.
Origin of coin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English coyn(e), coygne < Anglo-French; Middle French coin, cuigne wedge, corner, die < Latin cuneus wedge
Related forms
coinable, adjective
coiner, noun
miscoin, verb
recoin, verb (used with object)
uncoined, adjective
well-coined, adjective
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coin

/kɔɪn/
noun
1.
a metal disc or piece used as money
2.
metal currency, as opposed to securities, paper currency, etc related adjective nummary
3.
(architect) a variant spelling of quoin
4.
pay a person back in his own coin, to treat a person in the way that he has treated others
5.
the other side of the coin, the opposite view of a matter
verb
6.
(transitive) to make or stamp (coins)
7.
(transitive) to make into a coin
8.
(transitive) to fabricate or invent (words, etc)
9.
(transitive) (informal) to make (money) rapidly (esp in the phrase coin it in)
10.
to coin a phrase, said ironically after one uses a cliché
Derived Forms
coinable, adjective
coiner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: stamping die, from Latin cuneus wedge
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Word Origin and History for coin money

coin

n.

c.1300, "a wedge," from Old French coing (12c.) "a wedge; stamp; piece of money; corner, angle," from Latin cuneus "a wedge." The die for stamping metal was wedge-shaped, and the English word came to mean "thing stamped, a piece of money" by late 14c. (a sense that already had developed in French). Cf. quoin, which split off from this word 16c. Modern French coin is "corner, angle, nook." Coins were first struck in western Asia Minor in 7c. B.C.E.; Greek tradition and Herodotus credit the Lydians with being first to make and use coins of silver and gold.

v.

"to coin money," mid-14c., from coin (n.). Related: Coined; coining. To coin a phrase is late 16c. A Middle English word for minter was coin-smiter.

coin

v.

"to coin money," mid-14c., from coin (n.). Related: Coined; coining. To coin a phrase is late 16c. A Middle English word for minter was coin-smiter.

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Slang definitions & phrases for coin money

coin money

verb phrase

make money hand over fist (1840s+)

coin

noun

Money; bread, loot (1870s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with coin money

coin money

Also,mint money. Make a great deal of money easily or very quickly. For example, With a monopoly on the market he could coin money, or These highly motivated realtors just about enable the agency to mint money. This hyperbolic expression dates from the mid-1800s.

coin

In addition to the idiom beginning with
coin
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