One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A one-cent coin; a penny.
- 1.1usually with negative The smallest amount of money.‘some of the people don't deserve a single red cent’
- ‘‘If a toll booth is foisted on us, under current legislation, not one red cent will come back to us, not even rates on the booth,’ said Cllr Aird.’
- ‘E-mail them with every single question you may have before you give them one red cent of your hard earned dollars.’
- ‘Now as a result, over $100 million annually slips out of the Bahamas to support Florida lotteries, and not one damn red cent comes back.’
- ‘James, he argues, never gave a red cent to the poor, spending it instead on gambling, booze and loose women.’
- ‘We mentor the prodigies whose accomplishments bring pride and recognition to everyone - and we do it without raising taxes one red cent!’
- ‘Unfortunately it won't be getting a single red cent from our household.’
- ‘They want to be excused from paying one red cent.’
- ‘Despite all wanting to win the election, these candidates haven't spent a red cent, abused an expense account or cruised round in a chauffeured limousine.’
- ‘You can be damn sure they will never see a red cent of my money.’
- ‘Even if it has managed to patent the optimal way to run this kind of system, that doesn't mean it'll ever see a red cent in return.’
- ‘She informs us that - although we won't be getting a red cent for our labors - the film-makers have assembled a raffle for us.’
- ‘Well I'm not prepared to give you one red cent until I know what it is we have here.’
- ‘Non-cultists, don't even contemplate laying out a red cent for this.’
- ‘He ran an ad that totally distorted Governor Bush's record on taxes, claiming he saved not a single dime or single red cent for Social Security.’
- 1.1usually with negative The smallest amount of money.
Early 19th century: so named because it was formerly made of copper.
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