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  • I particularly got a kick out of him working the word "groatsworth" into the narrative, I can only imagine how small a portion of the audience gets that reference.

    Shakespeare Geek

  • He had a good groatsworth of wit, Stephen said, and no truant memory.

    Ulysses

  • * Robert Greene, A groatsworth of Wit bought with a million of repentance.

    English Literature for Boys and Girls

  • Eating your groatsworth of _mou en civet_, fleshpots of Egypt, elbowed by belching cabmen.

    Ulysses

  • -- He had a good groatsworth of wit, Stephen said, and no truant memory.

    Ulysses

  • To the Abbey not a groatsworth of damage will I do.

    The Lay of the Cid

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  • -- He had a good groatsworth of wit, Stephen said, and no truant memory.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 9

    January 5, 2007

  • According to the OED, "As much as is bought or sold for a groat." In the figurative sense, mind you, that would be "a very small amount."

    December 10, 2006