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 bits

Historical Examples of four bits

  • It cost "four-bits" and drinks to dance, and the dances lasted only a few minutes.

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

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

    Bat Wing Bowles

    Dane Coolidge

  • Well, you can't blame her, in a way; when Bill lit out, he done her out of four-bits!

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis