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two cents

noun, (used with a plural verb)
something of insignificant value; a paltry amount:
We wouldn't give two cents for their chances of success.
two cents worth, an opinion, usually unsolicited and unwelcome:
Who asked you to add your two cents worth?
Origin of two cents
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for two cents
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  • I'll give you two cents a pound for as many as you want to sell.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • They preferred to save the two cents stamp money, as a general thing.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The two cents a cup proved to be more than enough to pay for it.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • How Miss Bella Curtis did scamper for her two cents to pay the postman!

    The Little Nightcap Letters. Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • She may have suspicion that you do not care two cents for her.

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
Contemporary definitions for two cents

an unsolicited opinion; also called two cents' worth's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for two cents

two cents

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put one's two cents in

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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Idioms and Phrases with two cents

two cents

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