verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- coil spring,
- coin box,
- coin changer,
- coin lesion of lungs,
- coin lock,
- coin machine
Origin of coin
Origin of COIN
Examples from the Web for coin
She was gambling on a coin toss where somehow “heads, you win” would have been politically more advantageous than “tails, I lose.”Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater|Ben Jacobs|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the other side of the coin would be, inevitably, the flowering of crime and corruption around the gambling business.
Backstage, a coin toss determined the order for each of the battles.
For much of Hollywood history, stars like Cruise were the coin of the realm; now the industry has stopped minting new models.
However, Vladimir Putin has stepped it up and is giving us the opportunity to coin a new phrase connoting residency in crazy town.Some 4 a.m. Brainstorming on How to Make Obama Tougher Than Putin|Annabelle Gurwitch|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jake smiled quaintly as he fingered the coin with deliberation.Tales of Northumbria|Howard Pease
If a man treats you badly in any way, you threaten to pay him back in his own coin by saying, 'The cat hasn't eaten the year yet.'English As We Speak It in Ireland|P. W. Joyce
With this solace and the coin he took his way back to the waiting Jisuké.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)|James S. De Benneville
The effect of all the coin that we took to and left in the country must have had a curious economic effect on Tibet.To Lhassa at Last|Powell Millington
They cannot make the laws, monsieur; they cannot coin a conception of justice for your people.The Sleuth of St. James's Square|Melville Davisson Post
Word Origin for coin
c.1300, "a wedge," from Old French coing (12c.) "a wedge; stamp; piece of money; corner, angle," from Latin cuneus "a wedge." The die for stamping metal was wedge-shaped, and the English word came to mean "thing stamped, a piece of money" by late 14c. (a sense that already had developed in French). Cf. quoin, which split off from this word 16c. Modern French coin is "corner, angle, nook." Coins were first struck in western Asia Minor in 7c. B.C.E.; Greek tradition and Herodotus credit the Lydians with being first to make and use coins of silver and gold.
"to coin money," mid-14c., from coin (n.). Related: Coined; coining. To coin a phrase is late 16c. A Middle English word for minter was coin-smiter.
In addition to the idiom beginning with coin
- coin money
- other side of the coin
- pay back (in someone's own coin)