at the drop of a dime

at the drop of a dime
also, at the drop of a hat


  • something that can happen very fast without hesitation
  • a quick thing to get done without planning

Example Sentences

  1. The play can begin at the drop of a dime, you just need to say the word.
  2. I have hired such nannies for my children at the drop of a dime, she is nothing special.
  3. You speak as if you have such talented people at the drop of a dime.
  4. I am not asking you to get this done at the drop of a dime. Please take your time but give me the best work possible.
  5. I have to get to the workshop or my boss will kick me out at the drop of a dime.
  6. I am usually able to get this done at the drop of a dime but just not able to figure out what is going on this time.
  7. She knows her craft well and can get it done for you at the drop of a dime.


The phrase is speculated to be American in origin and comes from the late 18th century. The manner of speaking when this phrase is used, is generally a tone of arrogance or superiority.



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To drop a dime is to make a phone call.

- David Harold Anderson June 6, 2021

This is very useful to know for getting idioms very much to our knowledge

- Anonymous January 17, 2019

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