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four bits

noun, Slang.
50 cents.
Origin of four bits
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40
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four-bit, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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four bits

noun phrase

Half a dollar; 50 cents

[1840s+; originally a bit was a Mexican or Spanish real, worth 12½ cents, or a part of a more valuable coin, such that eight would make a dollar; ultimately fr 18th-century British slang bit, ''a small piece of money'']

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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