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four bits

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noun Slang.
  1. 50 cents.
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Origin of four bits

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
Related formsfour-bit, adjective
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  • Peets gives this saddle-tinted longhorn a four-bit piece, an' he tells this yarn.

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    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • The four-bit piece lay shining on the porch floor where it had fallen.

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    Irvin S. Cobb