- costing twenty-five cents.
- inferior or unimportant; small-time: a two-bit actor.
Origin of two-bit
An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for two-bit
By Monday evening, it had been leaked to the blogger The Two-Bit Idiot, who published it on the Web.Inside Japan’s Bitcoin Heist
February 28, 2014
A published article compares state sponsored police brutality to the individual actions of a two-bit huckster on Youtube.History's Vilest #SlatePitch Asks: Why Do We Bitterly Cling to Free Speech?
September 26, 2012
What possible interest could she have in meeting a two-bit, half-term governor of Alaska?Palin’s Delusions of Grandeur
June 8, 2011
The Republican takeover of the House is no less dramatic for having been predicted by every two-bit pundit on the planet.A Democratic Bloodbath
November 3, 2010
Any two-bit comedian can stand onstage and spout ignorant ethnic slurs.Sacha Baron Cohen's 9 Wildest Moments
The Daily Beast Video
July 9, 2009
Knocked off by a two-bit racket boss who thought he was being crossed.Arm of the Law
I loaned him a two-bit piece, kunnel, an' he tol' me all he knowed!Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Everett lapsed into a pose of deep concentration, like a two-bit swami.Telempathy
Say, I haven't owned a two-bit piece since—wal, fer some time.
An' he up an' said he wouldn't give a two-bit piece fer my life.
- worth next to nothing; cheap
C20: from the phrase two bits a small sum