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two-bit

[too-bit]
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adjective Slang.
  1. costing twenty-five cents.
  2. inferior or unimportant; small-time: a two-bit actor.
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Origin of two-bit

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for two-bit

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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

two-bit

adjective (prenominal) slang, mainly US and Canadian
  1. worth next to nothing; cheap
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Word Origin

C20: from the phrase two bits a small sum
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