Definition of on a dime in US English:

on a dime


North American
  • Used to refer to a maneuver that can be performed by a moving vehicle or person within a small area or short distance.

    ‘boats that can turn on a dime’
    • ‘I don't know what happened first, the insult or the swing, but months of training now meant that I could spin on a dime and hit a ball across an ocean if I had to.’
    • ‘You have to be able to turn on a dime when something's not working.’
    • ‘He runs beautiful, precision short routes and can cut on a dime.’
    • ‘Like a battleship, book publishing doesn't turn on a dime, so the old year's trends don't usually determine a new year's books.’
    • ‘He has one of those riding mowers that turns on a dime.’
    • ‘Well, you know, this investigation has turned on a dime.’
    • ‘Yes, I know a 60-year-old approach to foreign policy can't turn on a dime.’
    • ‘Yes, you've got to hand it to these guys - they can turn on a dime.’
    • ‘The last couple of years has seen the series shift to arcade-style action, but the new momentum-based skating could spell an end to skaters stopping and turning on a dime.’
    • ‘The Fed Chairman, of course, turned his fiscal rectitude on a dime as soon as the Republicans regained control of the Treasury.’