red centred cent
Informal a cent; penny; trifling amount: esp. in not worth a red cent, not give a red cent, etc.
Insignificant value: not worth a red cent.
(plural red cents)
- (US) A copper penny.
- (US, colloquial) A very small amount of money.
- I wouldn't pay one red cent for a ticket.
- Usually used in the negative.
Probably from the color of the copper in which the coin was minted.