drop the dime on

drop the dime on = drop a dime on

inform on someone to the police - US informal

1990 - Scott Turow - The Burden of Proof - Dixon says he's thought it over. The best course for him is just to drop the dime on John.


a dime a dozen

very common and of no particular value - US informal

A dime is a small US coin worth ten cents which occurs in various US expressions as a metaphor for cheapness or smallness.

1998 - New Scientist - Of course, medical break throughs are not a dime a dozen.

get off the dime

be decisive and show initiative - US informal

2001 - U.S. News & World Report – Congress must get off the dime and redeem the commitments that President Bush made to New York City.

on a dime

(of a manoeuvre that can be performed by a moving vehicle or person) within a small area or short distance

quickly or instantly - US informal

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