18th November 2019

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What does it mean to dime out?

Dime: It is used as a verb in a similar manner in phrases such as "Someone dimed me out and I got arrested." The term comes from the era when informants used public payphones that cost a dime to make a call to the authorities. In order to make a call they had to drop a dime in the coin slot.

Similarly one may ask, what does it mean to drop a dime on someone?

drop-a-dime. Verb. (idiomatic, slang) To make a phone call, usually means calling the police to report another's activities. He was in the back for a few minutes. Turned out he was dropping a dime on Ralph.

Where does the phrase turn on a dime?

Something that turns on an dime changes direction very quickly, more or less instantaneously. The origin of the expression goes back to to high performance cars, airplanes, boats. The ability to turn around on the smallest of coins implies that you can turn very quickly in a very small space.
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