from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Insignificant value.

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  • noun US A copper penny.
  • noun US, colloquial A very small amount of money.

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  • noun something of little value


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Probably from the color of the copper in which the coin was minted.


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  • "The devil only knows where she gets her booze since she never has a red cent!"

    – Slavko Grum, An Event in the Town of Goga

    December 4, 2007