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[fahyv-spot] /ˈfaɪvˌspɒt/
a playing card or the upward face of a die bearing five pips; a domino one half of which bears five pips.
Slang. a five-dollar bill.
a low plant, Nemophila maculata, of the waterleaf family, native to western and central California, having white flowers with a purple spot at the tip of each of its five petals.
Origin of five-spot
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was open, and on the marble slab lay a customer's five-spot.

    The Day Time Stopped Moving Bradner Buckner
  • And also: "The five-spot of diamonds, the scaffold, the Place de Roquette."

    There are Crimes and Crimes August Strindberg
  • Cut out the center pip on the five-spot of spades with a sharp knife.

  • A lightning change can be made from a five-spot to a four-spot while swinging the card.

  • Now take back the five-spot card and place it on the back of the pack, with its face side toward audience.

  • My friends went back on me—that five-spot was all I had in the world, and it didn't go a long way.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for five-spot


(in the US) a five-dollar bill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for five-spot



  1. A five-dollar bill (1890s+)
  2. A five-year prison sentence (1900+ Underworld)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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