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‘dime a dozen’

This is an expression that is mostly used in informal contexts. When we say something is ‘dime a dozen’ , It means It is very uncommon ; It is abundant , and is of very little value.

Background– In U.S. a ‘dime’ is a ten-cent coin. If you can buy a dozen items for ten-cent, it means that the things you are buying are very cheap indeed. This example became popular in 1930s.

Examples–  1. I can easily find someone to replace Joy. Workers like him are dime a dozen.

2. In our country , crooked politicians are dime a dozen.

3. Sarojini Nagar is dime a dozen market place in Delhi.

By Ritu Gaur

Founder of Reignite Twenties
Resides at The Hague

An educator & writer who preferably scroll on societal issues. An acute life observer, passionate about learning and sharing knowledge; A friend of environment. Believes in the liberating law of the spirit of life

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