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Noun

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plug nickel

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  1. (mainly Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A nearly worthless amount, referring to a nickel (US five-cent coin) with a hole in it where a plug has been removed.
    • 1997, Neil Munro, "Putting a Price Tag on Privacy," washingtontechnology.com, 6 Mar. (retrieved 28 Sep. 2008),
      Others estimate that each consumer's data is virtually worthless to the consumer; "Most of [consumers'] information, on an open market, is not worth a plug nickel," said Bruce Belair, a Washington-based lawyer.
    • 2002, "Opinion: State Must Fast-track MTA $ Plan," New York Daily News, 19 Feb. (retrieved 28 Sep. 2008),
      The Senate can easily release these MTA bonds to the financial markets to stop subway fare hikes—and it won't cost the state a plug nickel.
    • 2006, Steve Schultze, "Dolphins in mural could be rescued," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Apr. (retrieved 28 Sep. 2008),
      There's no additional money for saving the mural, he said. "I have no intention of spending another plug nickel on it."

Usage notes

  • Often used in negative constructions, especially "not worth a plug nickel."
  • The more syntactically correct alternative form "plugged nickel" has been in use longer than "plug nickel", although "plug" has begun to supercede "plugged".

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