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not worth a plug nickel

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not worth a plug nickel

  1. (mainly Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Having no or almost no value; worthless.
    • 1975, Vincent Canby, "Redford a CIA Eccentric in 'Three Days of Condor'" (film review), New York Times, 25 Sep., 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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