tuppence

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tuppence (countable and uncountable, plural tuppences)

  1. (Britain, informal, dated) Two pence (in pre- or post-decimalisation currency).
    Milk has gone up to tuppence ha'penny a pint.
    • 1909, W. W. Jacobs, "Prize Money," in Sailor's Knots,
      In less than four days twenty-three men had paid their tuppences to Henery, who 'ad been made the seckitary.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 11:
      ‘Miss Brindle rich?’ said Aunt Maggie. ‘Bless you, she hasn’t tuppence to rub together.’
  2. (Britain, idiomatic) Opinion.
  3. (Britain, slang, usually childish) Vulva or vagina.
    • 2012, Richard Johns, Diagnosis of the Soul: The Long Road to the Beginning:
      The lady confided to the nurse helping her up off the examination couch, and told her “He put his hand up me funnel and made me tuppence bleed!”

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