thirty cents n.
SE in slang uses
(US) impoverished; cheap, worthless; esp. as feel like/look like thirty cents.
|Artie (1963) 8: If I had time I’d go over to that church and make a lot o’ them Reubs look like thirty-cent pieces.|
|Verses and Jingles (1911) 2: Last night at twelve I felt immense, / To-day I feel like thirty cents.‘R-E-M-O-R-S-E’ in|
|Four Million (1915) 123: From the very first dose he was ace-high and everybody else looked like thirty cents to her.‘The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein’ in|
|Maison De Shine 269: Of course, some persons look like thirty cents, an’ it don’t matter what you put on ’em.|
|Smoke Bellew Pt 7 [Internet] Why, if we can ever get our hands on all that bottom, we’ll make Rockefeller look like thirty cents.|
|On Broadway 27 July [synd. col.] ‘How do yer feel?’ ‘Aw [...] I feel like thirty cents’.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 202: You can [...] make me look like thirty cents.|
|Baltimore Sun 22 June Magazine 6/5: Thirty-cent piece . . . droop [i.e. an unpopular individual. . . good guy.|
|Sleep of Baby Filbertson and Other Stories (1964) 61: You make a girl feel like about thirty cents. Honestly!‘A Summer for the Dead’|
|To be Young was Very Heaven 308: [He] was as handsome as ever and made all the other men there look like thirty cents.|