not worth a brass farthing

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not worth a brass farthing

  1. (idiomatic) Worth nothing or next to nothing.
    • 1915, Sax Rohmer The Yellow Claw, ch. 24,
      One's own private knowledge of a man's character is not worth a brass farthing as legal evidence.
    • 2005, Jeremy Page, "Russia is now ripe for freedom revolution, warns Solzhenitsyn," timesonline.com (UK), 7 Jun. (retrieved 29 Sep. 2008),
      Democracy is not worth a brass farthing if it is being installed by bayonets.

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