four bits


noun Slang.

50 cents.

Origin of four bits

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
Related formsfour-bit, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for four-bit

Historical Examples of four-bit

  • Peets gives this saddle-tinted longhorn a four-bit piece, an' he tells this yarn.

    How The Raven Died

    Alfred Henry Lewis

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

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    Irvin S. Cobb