Definition of red cent in English:

red cent

noun

North American
  • 1A one-cent coin; a penny.

    1. 1.1usually with negative The smallest amount of money.
      ‘some of the people don't deserve a single red cent’
      • ‘E-mail them with every single question you may have before you give them one red cent of your hard earned dollars.’
      • ‘We mentor the prodigies whose accomplishments bring pride and recognition to everyone - and we do it without raising taxes one red cent!’
      • ‘Non-cultists, don't even contemplate laying out a red cent for this.’
      • ‘James, he argues, never gave a red cent to the poor, spending it instead on gambling, booze and loose women.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well I'm not prepared to give you one red cent until I know what it is we have here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unfortunately it won't be getting a single red cent from our household.’
      • ‘You can be damn sure they will never see a red cent of my money.’
      • ‘‘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.’

Origin

Early 19th century: so named because it was formerly made of copper.

Pronunciation

red cent

/ˈˌred ˈsent//ˈˌrɛd ˈsɛnt/