Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small sum given back “for luck” to the purchaser or payer by the person who receives money in a bargain or other transaction.
- n. A copper tossed overboard “for luck.”
“And he was baith civil and just in his dealings; and if he thought his chapman had made a hard bargain, he wad gie him a luck-penny to the mends.”
“The horse soon found a purchaser, and while the two were inside drinking the luck-penny the wizard came along and saw the horse.”
“After a bad October Tryst, where my father had sixteen score of Aberdeenshire cattle, and when he lost £4 a-head upon every beast, Mr Geddes returned him £70 as a luck-penny upon a large lot he had bought from him.”
“Eight pounds five and ten shillings back for a luck-penny?”
“From behind the mound of mutton chops a buyer shoved a roll of dirty one-pound notes round the potato dish, and after due haggling received back one, according to the mystic Irish custom of "luck-penny".”
“On the sofa two farmers carried on a transaction in which the swap of a colt, boot money, and luck-penny were blended into one trackless maze of astuteness and arithmetic.”
“I beg your pardon, miss," said the ostler, at her elbow, "would ye be willing to give twenty pounds for the mare, and he to give back a pound luck-penny?”
“A peasant who has brought in a bullock to sell is offered 90 copper "uten" (as the rings are called) for it; but he loudly protests that this is robbery, and after a long argument he screws the merchant up to 111 "uten," with 8 more as a luck-penny, and the bargain is clinched.”
“One of his customs is to filch a little gold from his mother and sister on the last day of Shrawan (July) and make it into a luck-penny.”
“Now again he was confused, being sure that this beast had never been given back as a luck-penny, since it would have fetched more than the fifty angels on the market; moreover, it was harnessed with a woman's saddle and bridle of the most beautifully worked red Cordova leather, to which were attached a silver bit and stirrup.”
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