not worth a plugged nickel phr.
(US) valueless; occas. used without not with the same meaning (see cit. 1912).
|Deseret Eve. News (UT) 4 June 2/1: Frank Hofman and Eddie Smith [...] made the old professionals look like thirty cents worth of plugged nickels.|
|Five Thousand an Hour Ch. v: Let’s look at these other blocks. The buildings on the one next to it are worth about a plugged nickel apiece.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 6 Mar. 31/1: His life would not be worth a plugged nickel.|
|Gay-cat 233: Wait till some o’ the kid mobs [...] hear tell o’ this, Frisco Kid. Yer life won’t be worth a nickel.|
|Fighting Blood 83: The way business has fell off that he’s about ready to sell the joint for a plugged nickel.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 137: If he failed, Scabby’s life and his own wouldn’t be worth a plugged dime.|
|Scarface Ch. i: If you stand me up again, your life won’t be worth a lead nickel.|
|(ref. to 1920s) Over the Wall 62: If you did squeal, your life wouldn’t be worth a plugged nickel.|
|Little Sister 207: I’m not worth a plugged nickel to anybody.|
|Among Thieves 340: A man like me wasn’t worth a plug nickel.|
|(con. 1916) Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 25: That a man’s life on that side of the river wasn’t worth a plugged nickel?|
|(con. 1954) Tomato Can Comeback [ebook] The sleep I got for the next few nights wasn’t worth a plugged nickel.|