Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 18:10

not worth a plug nickel

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not worth a plug nickel

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) Having no or almost no value; worthless.
    • 1975 Sep. 25, Vincent Canby, "Redford a CIA Eccentric in Three Days of Condor" (film review), New York Times, p. 60:
      In the screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., and David Rayfiel, Turner very early on stumbles upon the existence of a kind of super-C.I.A. within the C.I.A., after which his life is not worth a plug nickel.

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  • Of the alternative forms of this idiom, "not worth a plugged nickel" has a longer usage history than "not worth a plug nickel."

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