ha'pence

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ha'pence

  1. plural of ha'penny
    • 1866, James Greenwood, The true history of a little ragamuffin, page 68:
      "Give us hold of the three ha'pence. Cut away with you, and if you are gone as long as a minute, see what you'll catch." "Give him the three-ha'pence and cut away !"
    • c. 1930, Marriott Edgar, Three Ha'pence A Foot
      Now Maple were Sam's Monopoly;
      That means it were all 'is to cut,
      And nobody else 'adn't got none;
      So 'e asked Noah three ha'pence a foot.
    • 1975 R. F. Delderfield. Give Us This Day
      That's why chaps like me, who take their work seriously, get more kicks than ha'pence. Ninety per cent of the men who outrank me got where they did by a word in the right ear at the right time...Give Us This Day, published by Hodder & Stoughton, →ISBN
    • 2010 July 22, George Monbiot, The Guardian, George Monbiot's Blog,How scrapping the SDC to save money will cost the taxpayer a fortune
      Junking it is the definitive false economy: spoiling the ship for a ha' pence of tar.

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