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  • n. the value of eleven old pennies


eleven +‎ pence (Wiktionary)


  • She gave the beggars five fathoms of calico for the big mainsail, two sticks of tobacco for the chronometer, and a sheath-knife worth elevenpence ha'penny for a hundred fathoms of brand new five-inch manila.

    Chapter 18

  • What I think will be admitted is that this list represents about as wise an expenditure as could be contrived; if you had to live on three and elevenpence halfpenny

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • The charge was elevenpence, but it was a dark, evil-smelling place, and a notorious haunt of the ‘nancy boys’.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • Dingley frets to see Stella lose that four and elevenpence, the other night.

    The Journal to Stella

  • It had cost him ten and elevenpence; but what an agony of nervousness it had cost him!


  • When he brought the blouse home Annie kissed him and said it was very pretty and stylish; but when she heard the price she threw the blouse on the table and said it was a regular swindle to charge ten and elevenpence for it.


  • They were, however, soon driven from the market by French manufacturers, who sold a great gross -- that is, twelve gross, each of twelve dozen -- for the ridiculously small sum of elevenpence.

    The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 354, October 9, 1886

  • "He's got a sugar in his window at three-ha'pence; one great placard quoting primest butter at elevenpence; another setting forth that a quarter pound of tea would be given away with every half-crown spent in the shop."

    Mrs. Day's Daughters

  • "Eight and elevenpence halfpenny if you please, ma'am."

    Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl Sister of that "Idle Fellow."

  • Whereupon the Heelandman bought a Kilmarnock nichtcap, price elevenpence happeny, frae Mr. Weft, and paid him wi 'part of the very note that brocht on the ferly I hae just been relating.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 275, September 29, 1827

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  • She wore the pale blue summer blouse which he had brought her home as a present one Saturday. It had cost him ten and elevenpence; but what an agony of nervousness it had cost him!

    - Joyce, A Little Cloud

    August 20, 2010