Definition of two-bit in US English:



North American
  • attributive Insignificant, cheap, or worthless.

    ‘some two-bit town’
    • ‘He easily buys into the fact that this beautiful, generous girl would fall madly in love with him - a two-bit con - because none of the other men in the world are good enough for her’
    • ‘It's also a fascinating story about how red-dirt artistry and two-bit commerce came together to create and market a product that transformed the music world.’
    • ‘As he climbs the rungs of the underground ladder, he'll draw the attention of the cops, the Mafia, the Yakuza and every two-bit thug in town.’
    • ‘I was doing that eons before this two-bit hustler started horning in on the action.’
    • ‘On network news, terse and cliched summaries of Thompson's career were accompanied, in equal time, by news of the passing of a pair of two-bit actors.’
    • ‘This is for all those nights in two-bit minor-league towns, for all the times he was told he wasn't good enough.’
    • ‘He's like a Charlie Chaplin hero battered by industry - or, in this case, by the State, global economies, two-bit thieves, Mafiosi, et cetera.’
    • ‘The casting couch was a common feature in every two-bit producer's office.’
    • ‘The trick is known to just about every two-bit crook in the cellular age: If you don't want the cops to know where you are, take the battery out of your cell phone when it's not in use.’
    • ‘You aren't a woman in that shirt, you're a two-bit floozy.’
    • ‘I'm stuck in this two-bit town until the fall, when I will venture out to the same college I went to before and try to life my live.’
    • ‘And he introduces the naive first offenders and two-bit nonviolent users who have received draconian punishment.’
    • ‘As far as I'm concerned, you're still the same two-bit, third-rate, no-talent excuse for an actor that you were when you first started out, not even fit for all those grade B westerns you made your name in.’
    • ‘Nor am I the two-bit thief this town believes me to be!’
    • ‘Bobby and Ricky are two-bit boxers who have about as much chance of reaching the big time as they have of winning the lottery.’
    • ‘But even in a tiny, two-bit town in Haryana, she got a science education good enough to allow her to compete at an international level.’
    • ‘Maybe thought you'd find some two-bit drunks to sleep around with while you were at it?’
    • ‘If there is anything in the world that will mark a man as a two-bit, urban, cowboy wanna-be in my book it's his refusal to take his hat off in the house.’
    • ‘He'll start bringing home two-bit hussies, whom I'll resent because they remind me of younger, more fun versions of myself.’
    • ‘Most visibly, it has transformed the British day out - you can't visit even the most two-bit town these days without tripping over its spangly new heritage centre or interactive museum.’
    poor-quality, second-rate, third-rate, substandard, low-grade, inferior, common, vulgar, shoddy, trashy, rubbishy, tawdry, tinny, brassy, worthless, meretricious, cheap and nasty, cheapjack, gimcrack, brummagem, pinchbeck
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/ˈtu ˌbɪt//ˈto͞o ˌbit/