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put a nickel in someone

put a nickel in someone
 v. phr.— «Hello, Lon, is the Missus inside? Lon smokes on, without looking at the questioner. Look here, I put a nickel in you, you blame rusty old slot-machine. Push out something!» —by William Vaughn Moody The Great Divide (New York) , 1906. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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