a piece of metal stamped and issued by the authority of a government for use as money.
a number of such pieces.
Informal. money; cash: He's got plenty of coin in the bank.
Architecture. quoin (defs. 1, 2).
Archaic. a corner cupboard of the 18th century.
operated by, or containing machines operated by, inserting a coin or coins into a slot: a coin laundry.
to make (coinage) by stamping metal: The mint is coining pennies.
to convert (metal) into coinage: The mint used to coin gold into dollars.
to make; invent; fabricate: to coin an expression.
Metalworking. to shape the surface of (metal) by squeezing between two dies.: Compare emboss (def. 3).
British Informal. to counterfeit, especially to make counterfeit money.
Idioms about coin
coin money, Informal. to make or gain money rapidly: Those who own stock in that restaurant chain are coining money.
pay someone back in his / her own coin, to reciprocate or behave toward in a like way, especially inamicably; retaliate: If they persist in teasing you, pay them back in their own coin.
the other side of the coin, the other side, aspect, or point of view; alternative consideration.
- coin·a·ble, adjective
- coin·er, noun
- mis·coin, verb
- re·coin, verb (used with object)
Other definitions for COIN (2 of 2)
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How to use coin in a sentence
The musician joins Boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled as celebrities who’ve been sued by the Wall Street regulator for hyping initial coin offerings.Rapper T.I. to pay $75,000 fine for promoting fraudulent initial coin offering | Verne Kopytoff | September 11, 2020 | Fortune
However, when the coin is flipped on any other state that is not competitive, the probabilities of all the other states are stable.The Forecast: The Methodology Behind Our 2020 Election Model | Daniel Malloy | September 10, 2020 | Ozy
Soon after, officials at the Energy Department began to coin new terms for American LNG, calling it “freedom gas” and “molecules of freedom” as they sought to market it around the world.
For central banks, including the Federal Reserve, a purely digital currency—one not linked to coins or paper bills—would represent a step beyond the existing system of electronic money transfer.Mastercard launches digital currency kit for central banks | Jeff | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
About the size of a large coin, the device replaces a small chunk of your skull and sits flush with the surrounding skull matter.Neuralink’s Wildly Anticipated New Brain Implant: the Hype vs. the Science | Shelly Fan | September 1, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Asteroids, at the moment I am writing, is the most popular coin-operated game—video, pinball, or other—in the United States.
Some of the things Lawrence had to alter from the book involved President coin, played by Julianne Moore.‘Mockingjay’s’ Mastermind: Francis Lawrence on the Book vs. Movie, ISIS Parallels, and More | Marlow Stern | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Americans want to do something about this coin-operated government.
“When you fired your arrow at the force field, you electrified a nation,” President coin (Julianne Moore) tells her.'Mockingjay—Part 1’ Is the Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet | Kevin Fallon | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a mighty simple transaction, but it produced some startling results for me, that same coin-spinning.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
A bezant was a gold coin, originally struck at Byzantium, whence the name.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
The soldiers so frequently threw away copper coin given them in change as valueless, that many natives discontinued to offer it.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
And putting his hand in his pocket, he drew out a golden coin, and slipped it into Donald's hand.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
It was not practicable to deny a legal-tender value to so much Mexican, and Spanish-Philippine coin in circulation.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for coin
a metal disc or piece used as money
metal currency, as opposed to securities, paper currency, etc: Related adjective: nummary
architect a variant spelling of quoin
pay a person back in his own coin to treat a person in the way that he has treated others
the other side of the coin the opposite view of a matter
(tr) to make or stamp (coins)
(tr) to make into a coin
(tr) to fabricate or invent (words, etc)
(tr) informal to make (money) rapidly (esp in the phrase coin it in)
to coin a phrase said ironically after one uses a cliché
- coinable, adjective
- coiner, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with coin
In addition to the idiom beginning with coin
- coin money
- other side of the coin
- pay back (in someone's own coin)
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