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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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  • No one offered to put up the two cents and so the curtain was saved.

    The Crimson Sweater Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "I'd like to know who will pay the two cents," laughed Betty.

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The day of two cents or even $20 an acre land round San Antonio is forever past.

  • The Railroad had raised the freight on hops from two cents to five.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • We also commented on the poor accommodation furnished second-class passengers on railway trains, though paying two cents a mile.

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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