“Drop a dime.”

Talking with my nieces and nephews whose ages range from 18 to mid-thirties, I asked, “Do you know the expression, drop a dime?”

No. None of them knew it. They asked about it, and I explained it.

Drop me a dime and I’ll tell you what I said.


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    1. It used to cost a dime to use a pay phone. To drop a dime was to call someone and give information. It was often used in reference to snitches and police informants, but came to be more broadly as an expression about receiving or passing information. Thanks for the interest! Cheers

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      1. Yes, that’s what I thought it referred to, but wasn’t sure. I’m a rural Southerner, so I know a lot of idioms that some of my past work colleagues had never heard. My speech was a source of entertainment to many. 🙂

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  1. I thought I knew, and I was right…but then I am old enough to remember when pay phones cost a dime. It was often said that parents gave daughters dimes before they went out on dates just in case they needed rescued from said date.

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