four bits


noun Slang.

50 cents.

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Origin of four bits

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

OTHER WORDS FROM four bits

four-bit, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for four bits

  • Ten dollars apiece was the price of a chance, and it was freeze-out at four-bits a chip.

    Bat Wing Bowles|Dane Coolidge
  • It cost "four-bits" and drinks to dance, and the dances lasted only a few minutes.

    Arizona's Yesterday|John H. Cady
  • Well, you can't blame her, in a way; when Bill lit out, he done her out of four-bits!

    Free Air|Sinclair Lewis
  • Didn't I see the man who had been there and paid his four-bits to cross?