two bits n.
1. 25 cents; also as adj., costing 25 cents.
|Men and Memories of S.F. 132: Two bits for a cup of coffee; two bits for a piece of pie.|
|[song title] ‘So, Bo, Give Me Them Two Bits.’.|
|Voyage of the Rattletrap 142: He tossed out a quarter and said, ‘Two bits,’ and a dime and said, ‘Short bit — thank you.’.|
|Log Of A Cowboy 334: A shave was two bits and a drink the same.|
|Gullible’s Travels 111: It was the best meal I had in dear old Dixie [...] And they charged two bits a plate.|
|Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 12: Two, four, or six bits...Twenty-five, fifty, and seventy-five cents.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 88: A young baseball bat [...] which cost maybe two bits.‘Blood Pressure’|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 3: Two-bits shampoo okey?|
|On The Road (1972) 103: I had to panhandle two bits for the bus.|
|‘What is College Slang?’ in AS XXXIX:3 189: I find [...] two bits.|
|From Bondage 340: Jesus, yer a prince! A whole two bits! God bless ye!|
2. (US Und.) $25.
|Gangs of Chicago (2002) 340: Hundred-dollar bills were leaves, and twenty-five dollars was scornfully called two bits.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|