Main definitions of quid in English

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quid1

noun

British
informal
  • One pound sterling.

    ‘we paid him four hundred quid’
    • ‘However, the owner refused to pay me more than two quid an hour, and even I had standards.’
    • ‘For a modest two quid you get a glass of wine or a soft drink too.’
    • ‘Save yourself a couple of quid a week by reading them online instead.’
    • ‘You pay forty quid a month to watch advertising you also pay for.’
    • ‘I was twenty four at the time, and I hadn't yet paid back a single penny of the three thousand quid he lent me to buy my first car.’
    • ‘I for one would be prepared to pay up to a quid and not a penny more.’
    • ‘Many banks will let you open a high-interest savings account with just a quid.’
    • ‘Its spending power may have decreased, but you can still pick up bargains for a quid.’
    • ‘I said that a customer is somebody who pays for goods or services, and if he wanted any more input from me it would cost him five quid a word.’
    • ‘The lodger has moved out, leaving me three hundred quid a month short.’
    • ‘But small amounts - a couple of quid here, a few pence there - can add up quite quickly.’
    • ‘If you drop a pound into the collecting box of a registered charity, that's all it gets - one shiny quid.’
    • ‘Well done everyone, it was the best five quid I have spent in a long time.’
    • ‘It cost me fifty quid, or about seventy-five US dollars and I was happy to pay it.’
    • ‘If you've ever wondered why a small tub of hummus costs around a quid you should try making it yourself.’
    • ‘The brushes I'd found were a cheap, bargain lot I picked up in Swansea for a couple of quid some time last year.’
    • ‘He was fined seventy quid and given fifty pounds costs against him.’
    • ‘Is there anybody out there who still fancies putting a quid on a horse this morning?’
    • ‘Watch this space to see how the three hundred and fifty pound camera compares with the thirty quid webcam.’
    pound sterling, £
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Phrases

  • make a (quick) quid

    • informal Earn money.

      ‘he made a quid playing golf’
      • ‘I settled on a quiet life teaching English and history to make a quid.’
      • ‘The good thing about that development was it is a great example that developers just don't come in, want to make a quick quid, and get out.’
      • ‘You've got a smallish reading public and to make a quid you have to zero your magazine fairly precisely.’
      • ‘It was uncomfortable and crowded because the captain or the first mate was making a quid on the side by carrying more passengers than manifested.’
      • ‘I reckon the silly buggers believe us and think they can make a quid!’
      • ‘I drive a taxi for a living and am stuggling to make a quid.’
      • ‘Australia has one of the most globalised western economies in the world but have the stampede of foreign investors actually made a quid Down Under?’
      • ‘This longstanding way of making a quid for the smarties is now being sort of retailed to ordinary people who don't really understand it and don't understand the risks that they're running.’
      • ‘With unemployment so low and everyone working longer and harder to make a quid, it seems no-one's got any time left to show the next generation the ropes.’
      • ‘The miners who'll dig the stuff up will make a quid, of course.’
  • not the full quid

    • informal Not very intelligent.

  • quids in

    • informal In a position where one has profited or is likely to profit from something.

      ‘put your brain power to the test—you could be quids in with a cash prize’
      • ‘However, those who took advantage of the fixed-rate deals on offer before the upward movement are quids in.’
      • ‘The more sceptical claimed the council would be quids in by selling off the old school site, but no, that had nothing to do with it - it was purely a matter of space, said the council.’
      • ‘If Premiership status is achieved, they'll be quids in.’
      • ‘Keeping on top of dates which must not be missed and putting a little thought into finances will pay off, hopefully leaving you quids in come the end of December.’
      • ‘As long as the share price rises, and for that there is no guarantee, then staff should be quids in, as long as they stay with the bank.’
      • ‘If there's ever a call for that kind of skill in the cut-throat world of international communications, I'll be quids in.’
      • ‘I thought that if you were a woman you were quids in.’
      • ‘While novelists rely solely on the revenue from book sales, songwriters, in theory, can still be quids in even without a solitary record being sold.’
      • ‘In areas where purchase prices are cheap, but high student numbers keep rents high, they will be quids in by subsidising their offspring through higher education if they buy a house to let out to others at the college.’
      • ‘Bargain hunters have been cashing in big-time on a discount bonanza which has left them quids in at the check-outs.’
      thriving, doing well, prospering, buoyant, expanding, flourishing, successful, strong, vigorous, productive, profitable, booming, burgeoning, fruitful, roaring, golden, palmy
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Origin

Late 17th century (denoting a sovereign): of obscure origin.

Pronunciation

quid

/kwɪd/

Main definitions of quid in English

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quid2

noun

  • A lump of tobacco for chewing.

    • ‘Aagaard recorded that some of the crewmen traded fossils for tobacco, quoting them as saying, ‘What were fossils good for when you had Navy cut and juicy quids?’’
    • ‘Almost all habitual chewers use tobacco with or without the betel quid.’
    • ‘I rehydrated the dried leaves and rolled up three quids.’
    twist, plug, chew
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Origin

Early 18th century: variant of cud.

Pronunciation

quid

/kwɪd/