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    one's dime

    I might have misheard but I guess it was " He's running his operations on his fathers dime" What does it mean?

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    You heard it correctly, ostap.

    'On his father's dime' means 'at his father's expense' or 'using his father's money'.

    Rover

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    Re: one's dime

    Hi ostap77

    It means that his father is paying all his bills.

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    Oops! My post coincided with Rover's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Hi ostap77

    It means that his father is paying all his bills.

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    Oops! My post coincided with Rover's.
    Don't go Oops. I appreciate as many comments as possible.

    How about "paper marriage"? What do you think of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Don't go Oops. I appreciate as many comments as possible.

    How about "paper marriage"? What do you think of that?
    A "paper marriage" usually means a marriage in name only. That is, the two people enter into a marriage for non-romantic reasons. Perhaps it is so that one party can obtain a Green Card, or so one person can be added to the other's health insurance. In any case, a paper marriage means that the people involved do not co-exist as a loving, married couple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    A "paper marriage" usually means a marriage in name only. That is, the two people enter into a marriage for non-romantic reasons. Perhaps it is so that one party can obtain a Green Card, or so one person can be added to the other's health insurance. In any case, a paper marriage means that the people involved do not co-exist as a loving, married couple.
    Thanks! There was one time I watched a movie called "Paper marriage". The meaning was simular to the one given by you. But somehow I've noticed that a lot of people prefer " marriage of convinience" to "paper marriage". Even though "to my humble opinion" "marriage of convinience" defers from "paper marriage".

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    Hi Ostap

    As a Brit, I'm more used to seeing the "marriage of convenience" term, which is a marriage on paper alone, as Ouisch says, for non-romantic reasons.

    In the UK, we also have the opposite term - a "civil" or "common"-law marriage, which is a marriage in fact (de facto) but not on paper. In such cases, where a "common law spouse" can demonstrate that they have been living together, effectively as man and wife, then each partner of such a union does, I believe, have certain similar legal rights to those enjoyed by "legally-married" couples.

    Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You heard it correctly, ostap.

    'On his father's dime' means 'at his father's expense' or 'using his father's money'.

    Rover
    I'm sure this meaning is right, but the first time I heard the 'on my/his dime' it was referring to phone-calls: President Bartlett (for it was he ) said he wanted a phone-call to the Vatican to be 'on my own dime' - not on official expenses. The use of 'dime' made sense, as at one time (perhaps even now?) US call boxes took 10 cent pieces.

    Returning to ostap's quote, a major business expense paid by the father may have been the phone bill (+ internet connection, I imagine). There would have been other expenses though (heat, rent, domestic services...) and I imagine these are all included - rather more than a dime's worth!

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    Re: one's dime

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'm sure this meaning is right, but the first time I heard the 'on my/his dime' it was referring to phone-calls: President Bartlett (for it was he ) said he wanted a phone-call to the Vatican to be 'on my own dime' - not on official expenses. The use of 'dime' made sense, as at one time (perhaps even now?) US call boxes took 10 cent pieces.

    Returning to ostap's quote, a major business expense paid by the father may have been the phone bill (+ internet connection, I imagine). There would have been other expenses though (heat, rent, domestic services...) and I imagine these are all included - rather more than a dime's worth!

    b
    You're the best! That was a mighty good exprassion!

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