red cent
noun Date: circa 1839 penny — used for emphasis in negative constructions

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • red cent — ☆ red cent n. Informal a cent; penny; trifling amount: esp. in not worth a red cent, not give a red cent, etc …   English World dictionary

  • red cent — red′ cent′ n. inf a cent as representative of triviality • Etymology: 1830–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • red cent — obsolete type of copper penny, first recorded 1839, American English ( red has been the color of copper since ancient times) …   Etymology dictionary

  • red cent — noun something of little value his promise is not worth a damn not worth one red cent not worth shucks • Syn: ↑damn, ↑darn, ↑hoot, ↑shit, ↑shucks, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • red cent — {n. phr.} The one cent coin; a copper coin; very little money. * /Poor Oscar is so broke he doesn t have a red cent to his name./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • red cent — {n. phr.} The one cent coin; a copper coin; very little money. * /Poor Oscar is so broke he doesn t have a red cent to his name./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • red cent — Informal. a cent, as representative of triviality: His promise isn t worth a red cent. [1830 40, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • red\ cent — n. phr. the one cent coin; a copper coin; very little money. Poor Oscar is so broke he doesn t have a red cent to his name …   Словарь американских идиом

  • red cent — noun A very small amount of money. I wouldnt pay one red cent for a ticket …   Wiktionary

  • red cent — Synonyms and related words: C, C note, G, G note, a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, bagatelle, bauble, bean, bibelot, bit, brass farthing, buck, button, cartwheel, cent, century, copper, curio, dime, dollar, dollar bill, farce,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • red cent — noun N. Amer. 1》 a one cent coin, formerly made of copper. 2》 [usu. with negative] the smallest amount of money …   English new terms dictionary

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