One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
One pound sterling.‘we paid him four hundred quid’
pound sterling, £View synonyms
- ‘He was fined seventy quid and given fifty pounds costs against him.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Is there anybody out there who still fancies putting a quid on a horse this morning?’
- ‘You pay forty quid a month to watch advertising you also pay for.’
- ‘The brushes I'd found were a cheap, bargain lot I picked up in Swansea for a couple of quid some time last year.’
- ‘Many banks will let you open a high-interest savings account with just a quid.’
- ‘I for one would be prepared to pay up to a quid and not a penny more.’
- ‘Well done everyone, it was the best five quid I have spent in a long time.’
- ‘For a modest two quid you get a glass of wine or a soft drink too.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The lodger has moved out, leaving me three hundred quid a month short.’
- ‘If you drop a pound into the collecting box of a registered charity, that's all it gets - one shiny quid.’
- ‘Save yourself a couple of quid a week by reading them online instead.’
- ‘If you've ever wondered why a small tub of hummus costs around a quid you should try making it yourself.’
- ‘Watch this space to see how the three hundred and fifty pound camera compares with the thirty quid webcam.’
- ‘It cost me fifty quid, or about seventy-five US dollars and I was happy to pay it.’
- ‘But small amounts - a couple of quid here, a few pence there - can add up quite quickly.’
- ‘However, the owner refused to pay me more than two quid an hour, and even I had standards.’
Late 17th century (denoting a sovereign): of obscure origin.
A lump of tobacco for chewing.
twist, plug, chewView synonyms
- ‘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?’’
- ‘I rehydrated the dried leaves and rolled up three quids.’
- ‘Almost all habitual chewers use tobacco with or without the betel quid.’
Early 18th century: variant of cud.
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