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[too-bit] /ˈtuˌbɪt/
adjective, Slang.
costing twenty-five cents.
inferior or unimportant; small-time:
a two-bit actor.
Origin of two-bit
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Knocked off by a two-bit racket boss who thought he was being crossed.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • I loaned him a two-bit piece, kunnel, an' he tol' me all he knowed!

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Everett lapsed into a pose of deep concentration, like a two-bit swami.

    Telempathy Vance Simonds
  • Say, I haven't owned a two-bit piece since—wal, fer some time.

  • An' he up an' said he wouldn't give a two-bit piece fer my life.

British Dictionary definitions for two-bit


adjective (prenominal) (slang, mainly US & Canadian)
worth next to nothing; cheap
Word Origin
C20: from the phrase two bits a small sum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for two-bit



Cheap; tawdry; trivial; tacky: the two-bit bureaucrats/ Congressmen were panic-stricken, running around like two-bit whores

[1929+; literally, worth only two bits]

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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