Try to guess the meaning of the following American $$$$ idioms, then check the answers are at the end.
FYI: quarter=25₵, dime=10₵, nickel=5₵, penny=1₵
1. Starbucks and CVS pharmacies are a dime a dozen in downtown Washington, DC. There seems to be one on every other block and sometimes even across the street from each other. It's rare to find a "Mom and Pop" (local, non-corporate) coffee shop.
2. My friend exchanged a grand in cash before traveling abroad.
3. Nothing particularly special happened today--I went to work, had lunch with my colleagues and went home at 5:00. I guess it's another day another dime (or dollar).
4. There is no way I'm going to buy that two-bit piece of IKEA furniture! I need something that will last for at least 5 years.
5. High level executives have assistants who complete their requests at the drop of a dime.
6. Cell phone contracts are the worst...companies nickel and dime you with service fees and taxes.
- dime a dozen (adj.): something common, easily found everywhere, not in shortage, ubiquitous,
- grand (n.): $1,000
- another day another dime: the usual routine, another day of working and making money
- two-bit (adj.): very cheap, low quality, worth almost nothing (this term comes from a coin once used in the United States valued at about 25 cents)
- drop of a dime (adv.): to do something immediately, right away without any question
- nickel and dime(v.): to charge somebody extra for various fees, expenses, costs