Idiom – A Dime A Dozen
A Dime A Dozen – Idiom of the Day
To be so common that a thing lacks value.
This expression dates back to the 1800s, during which time, many products used to be priced at a dime(one-tenth of a dollar) for every dozen. The expression initially had a positive connotation. It was used to tout the good value for money of things. The first time this idiom was used to refer to something of low value was in 1930.
- Necklaces like this are dime a dozen.
- Fair-weather friends are dime a dozen.
- Those antique desks are pretty, but they’re dime a dozen. You can get them at any yard sale.
- I don’t see why you’re so worked up about losing this painting, you get it in every flea market in town. It’s practically dime a dozen.
- Books on parenting are dime a dozen nowadays. Nothing beats real experience.
- Colleges have become dime a dozen these days. All they do is drain you of your savings in return for a useless certificate.
- Come on, man. Keep trying. Anyone can get a job. They’re dime a dozen in this economy.
- Chiropractors are dime a dozen these days. You want to make sure you get what you’re paying for.