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  • Give you two-bits or the going rate to guess Playboy's

    Kids These Days

  • Diddley is most often cited for his signature “Bo Diddley beat,” a syncopated 5/4 pattern similar to the West African-derived “hambone” rhythm or “Shave and a haircut two-bits” couplet.

    Buzzine » Bo Diddley Takes His Big Beat With Him

  • "I shoulda asked — do you got any two-bits with you?"

    Locked Rooms

  • Another thing is not to tap out the old “shave-and-a-haircut, two-bits” tune on your car horn.

    The Word

  • 'Okay,' he said, 'Make it two-bits; I never let 'a man bet on credit.

    Time Enough For Love

  • Not law-type honest — I'd rob a grave, I'd steal two-bits off a dead man's eyes if I thought it would contribute to the day's enjoyment — but unto-thyself-type honest.

    Breakfast At Tiffany's

  • Not law-type honest " I'd rob a grave, I'd steal two-bits off a dead man's eyes if I thought it would contribute to the day's enjoyment " but unto-thyself-type honest.

    Breakfast At Tiffany's

  • Before I had a chance to reply a fragrant bunch was thrust into his hands by an urchin who announced: "Two for two-bits."

    The Lure of San Francisco A Romance Amid Old Landmarks

  • "And two-bits apiece!" almost wailed poor Gettysburg, diving back into the cabin, "and only them four in the shack!"

    The Furnace of Gold

  • Laws, you could have a million dollars, and old Pete wouldn't take two-bits.

    Free Air

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