red cent

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Probably from the color of the copper from which the coin was minted.


red cent (plural red cents)

  1. (US) A copper penny.
  2. (US, colloquial) A very small amount of money.
    I wouldn't pay one red cent for a ticket.
    • 2011, Jann Arden, Falling Backwards: A Memoir, page 158:
      My dad said he wasn't going to pay the bastards ten red cents.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually used in the negative.