two-bit


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two-bit

(to͞o′bĭt′)
adj.
1. Informal Costing or worth 25 cents: a two-bit cigar.
2. Slang Worth very little; petty or insignificant: a two-bit thief.

two-bit

adj (prenominal)
worth next to nothing; cheap
[C20: from the phrase two bits a small sum]

two′-bit`



adj. Informal.
1. costing 25 cents.
2. inferior or unimportant; small-time: a two-bit actor.
[1795–1805, Amer.]
Translations

two-bit

[ˈtuːbɪt] ADJ (US) → de poca monta, de tres al cuarto

two-bit

[ˈtuːˌbɪt] adj (esp) (Am) (fam, pej) → da quattro soldi
References in classic literature ?
I tell you, you leaning back in a big leather chair talkin' treasure with a two-bit cigar in your mouth an' a twenty-cent drink beside you, why that's like treasure.
Surely we have enough two-bit reality stars of our own to seek opinions from?
SIR - Nick Clegg's silly jibe at Plaid Cymru merely reflects his own political ignorance ("Plaid an irrelevant, two-bit party, says Lib-Dem leader as he charms Wales", April 10).
Plaid is just a two-bit player in this national context and I think people will understand that.
I should just say things like every two-bit s***bag pop star and say everything's amazing" - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher defends his right to cause controversy.
Civil War mansions had given way to brothels, gigantic beer gardens and two-bit flop houses.
But whereas rehab programs for a two-bit criminal can head off future offenses with job or life-skills training, the sex offender essentially has to be rewired.
This is run by two-bit Conservatives who are not interested in what happens to the North-east.
It's an engaging read, though some of the two-bit moralising is a bit intrusive.
IT seems like every two-bit model-actress-whatever is queuing up to tell all about their supposed steamy affair with David Beckham.
All we are interested in,apparently,are two-bit telly actors,``love rat'' theatre stars and troubled sportsmen.
As far as I can tell, the greatest downside of the computing and communications revolution is that every two-bit, weasely politician and mediocre educational bureaucrat in the world has read Peter Drucker.