One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A monetary unit equal to one hundredth of a franc or some other decimal currency units (used in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg until the introduction of the euro in 2002).
- ‘Go into just about every boulangerie in France nowadays and a standard baguette costs 80 centimes.’
- ‘Just last week, he made the tourist promotion people upset by suggesting that the government reduce the subsidy it gives them to a mere 30 centimes.’
- ‘Yet this same day, my local Pressing, where I bring my sumptuous linen sheets to be cleaned (which I bought by being cheap, and bargained for at a flea market), mistakenly overcharged me 60 centimes, which I didn't discover until I got home.’
- ‘I gave the waiter my usual 10%, which happened to be 70 centimes.’
- ‘I was going to list them all for your benefit, but it would takes to long and cost too many centimes at this cybercafe.’
- ‘Most caffès charge perhaps 80 centimes for an espresso at the counter, whereas here it almost three times the price.’
- ‘And they have the nerve to charge 35 centimes per minute to wait on hold for half an hour for the privilege of speaking to someone who doesn't want to help you, if you manage to eventually get through.’
- ‘Although I don't understand why places price things like 3.86 € or 7.51 €… I know they're sold by weight, but can't they just add or subtract a couple of centimes?’
- ‘On September 4, the government offered to cut fuel tax by about half the 50 centimes per litre (six US cents) demanded by the unions.’
- ‘The shares gained 20 centimes, or 0.4%, to 52.20 Swiss francs as of 10.08 am in Zurich.’
- ‘The company's advisers, BNP Paribas and Rothschild, will earn every centime of their fees if they can deliver a successful stock market launch for this lumbering behemoth.’
- ‘The bank had put a hold on the money so they could float it a few extra days and make a few extra centimes on it.’
French, from Latin centesimus ‘hundredth’, from centum ‘a hundred’.
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