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
RELATED IDIOMS :
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.
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.
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.
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