red cent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n red cent something of little value "his promise is not worth a damn","not worth one red cent","not worth shucks"
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Idioms

Not worth a red cent - (USA) If something is not worth a red cent, it has no value.
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Usage

In literature:

Wouldn't give a red cent for you.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
He doesn't have to leave me a red cent unless he chooses.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
In Western yellow pine, the loss is great, and in the Southern red gum, it is probably as much as thirty per cent.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
Don't cost you one red cent!
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
I wouldn't give you a red cent for a thousand kisses.
"Jessie Carlton" by Francis Forrester
Before going into consultation the patriarch forethoughtedly collected a fee of seventy-five cents from Red Hoss.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Rothschild felt in his pocket, but he had not a "red cent" of change.
"The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;" by Various
Nobody in this town will lend you a red cent.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Chances are, too, they won't whack up a red cent for all they eat and drink.
"The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields" by Lieut. Howard Payson
Says he won't give me a red cent, and that I'll have to learn to hoe my own row.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
He got into all his difficulties by bothering about things that oughtn't to have concerned him one red cent.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
When I come out I didn't have a red cent left.
"The Newsboy Partners" by Frank V. Webster
I'm not worth a red cent.
"The Peddler's Boy" by Francis C. Woodworth
Believe me, for God's sake, I've *got* your last red cent!
"Pandora's Box" by Frank Wedekind
During the year 1908, eleven years later, 47 kinds of weed seeds were found in 122 lots of seed of red clover, a gain of nearly 50 per cent.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
They complained bitterly of the king, and of his pretensions to carry on a war without a red cent.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
Here's five, an' you tell him I won't spare another red cent.
"The Graysons" by Edward Eggleston
Bound in cloth, red edges, 25 Cents.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
The Red Sea, therefore, ought to have 1 per cent.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
You got just an hundred and fifty-two dollars, and that's every red cent you has got.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
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In news:

To put in her two cents about who was hanging ten and who wiped out on the red carpet of the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.
Yes a penny, just one red cent.
A reporter's fight over red tape and 20 cents at Cal State.
1864 Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS-64 Red-brown.
1865 Two Cent Pieces NGC MS-66 Red-brown.
Order tortilla española—runny like a good omelette and slathered with house-made red sauce ($2)—and chase it with the neighborhood's best bargain: Bodegas Prudencio Larrea's Los Porrones de Nedurp 2006 (90 cents).
Current mid 70-cent prices, nearly a buck a pound last year, and record-setting prices two years ago translate into a continued red-knuckle, stomach-churning roller coaster ride for the cotton industry.
Wedged between a rack of 99-cent Cheetos and a display of pork rinds stood a life-sized cardboard cutout of a buxom blond in a red miniskirt.
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In science:

Finally, we note that while half of our SMG sample have very red S5.8µm /S3.6µm and S8.0µm /S4.5µm colours, and therefore likely to be AGN dominated systems, the fraction of SMGs selected from blank- field surveys with similarly red colours i s much smaller (∼ 7 per cent).
Wide-field mid-infrared and millimetre imaging of the high-redshift radio galaxy, 4C41.17
Since the u magnitude has large uncertainty (20 per cent; Kauffmann et al. 2003) and the images in u− and z−band are relatively shallow, whereas i−band image may suffer from the ‘red halo’ effect (Michard 2002; Wu et al. 2005), we use g − r color here to study such corrections for α.
Checking the reliability of equivalent width R23 for estimating metallicities of galaxies
We estimate that the fraction of QSOs with unusualy red optical colours is at most a few per cent up to the limit of the survey, provided that their variability properties are not significantly different from those of the other QSOs.
QSOs from the variability and proper motion survey in the M3 field
This work shows that within a projected radius of ∼ 0.7h−1 70 Mpc, the fraction of interlopers (defined as galaxies with physical dista nces beyond R200 ) depends strongly on galaxy colour: ∼ 60 per cent for blue galaxies and only ∼ 10 per cent for red galaxies.
The Evolution of [OII] Emission from Cluster Galaxies
These di fficulties motivate us to demand high standards of detection (minimum > 99.9 per cent confidence) for periodicities in sources that normally show red noise spectra.
A simple test for periodic signals in red noise
Clearly none of the peaks in the periodogram exceeds the 95 per cent limit, as expected for red noise.
A simple test for periodic signals in red noise
Right: bottom layer (green): supernova constraints; next layer up (red): CMB data alone; next (blue): CMB data plus HST Key Pro ject prior; top layer (yellow): all data combined (see text). 68 and 95 per cent confidence limits are shown.
Cosmological parameters from CMB and other data: a Monte-Carlo approach
BHT showed that the uneclipsed optical continuum contributes an increasing fraction of the total flux for longer w avelengths, reaching 10 per cent at the red end of the spectrum (∼ 6700
HST/FOS Time-resolved spectral mapping of IP Pegasi at the end of an outburst
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