not worth a plugged nickel

not worth a plugged nickel
Meaning
Worthless.
Origin
Plugs are the holes made in coins to extract some metal which can be used for other purposes. Coins so tampered with are no longer legal tender. Nickels being coins of small denomination lend themselves for use in this phrase.

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