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In North American usage, a ten-cent coin; more generally, a small amount of money. The modern sense dates from the late 18th century, but the word originally (in Middle English) denoted a tithe or tenth part, and came ultimately (via Old French) from Latin decima pars ‘tenth part’.

dime novel a cheap, popular novel, typically a melodramatic romance or adventure story.

on a dime used to refer to a manoeuvre that can be performed within a small area or short distance.

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