- n. Plural form of centime.
“MY money oozed awayto eight francs, to four francs, to one franc, to twenty-five centimes; and twenty-five centimes is useless, for it will buy nothing except a newspaper.”
“Its worst fault was more political than economical: it was the 45 centimes, that is to say, the sudden increase by 45 per cent, of the direct taxes.”
“Thus, for every kilo of wax or copal screwed out of the natives at a cost of five centimes or less, he received into his pocket a bonus of fifteen centimes, that is to say the bonus to Meeus was three times what the natives got; if by any laxity or sense of justice, the cost of the wax or copal rose to six centimes a kilo, Meeus only got ten centimes bonus, and so on.”
“Considering that the anthology assignment would only have paid 6 US cents (4.3 centimes in Euros) per word, and these translations pay 11 centimes (15 cents US) per word ... it behooves me to do the translations, in what time I have between trips and other obligations.”
“The modest recovery in risk appetite commingled with widespread rumors that the central bank was prepared to raise the euro/franc target rate by an additional 10 centimes, driving the franc sharply lower across the board.”
“So certain Parisian bourgeoisie are better off, with new windows and 50 centimes extra in their wallets.”
“Shares in Petroplus fell 84% to 24 centimes 26 U.S. cents.”
“For two centimes I'd come over there and drown you, you white beast!”
“I wonder whether to "fill 'er up" with Sans Plomb* 98 (better for the engine?) or Sans Plomb 95 (a few centimes less and just as suitable for my car).”
“Meanwhile, the common currency traded barely 1.5 centimes from the 1.20 franc level that the Swiss National Bank has established as a beachhead against a strong franc.”
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