drop a dime
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- (idiomatic, slang) To make a telephone call.
- (slang, with on) To inform, to call the authorities (on).
- 1995 September 13, Richard Price, Spike Lee, 00:27:05 from the start, in Clockers, spoken by Rodney Little (Delroy Lindo), 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks; distributed by Universal Pictures:
- We got a crowd of black, white customers, out-of-state license plates, what have you. Somebody gonna check that out. They gonna drop a dime on me, call 911. And you know with my jacket I can't go back to jail.
- He was in the back for a few minutes. Turned out he was dropping a dime on Ralph.