threepenny-piece love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as threepence, 1.


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  • At first they were about as large as a threepenny-piece, but ended by measuring more than two inches across.

    Wild Nature Won By Kindness

  • While he doubted what to do his fingers were in his waistcoat pocket, and he incidentally discovered that he had only a shilling and a threepenny-piece in it.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878 of Popular Literature and Science

  • _Punch_ Table, within the space of a threepenny-piece, which is a marvel of legibility.

    The History of "Punch"

  • He thanked the old woman very much for the use of her head, and she permitted him to lend her one threepenny-piece, one pocket-handkerchief, one gun-metal watch, one cap, and one boot-lace.

    Here are Ladies

  • A young seraph, named Cuchulain, chancing to pass that way shortly afterwards, saw the threepenny-piece peeping brightly from the rocks, and he picked it up.

    Here are Ladies

  • One of the visitors, however, moved by an extraordinary dejection, slipped a silver threepenny-piece into the hand of Brien's little daughter, Sheila, aged four years, and later on she did not like to ask for it back again.

    Here are Ladies

  • The pretence that our glorious literature derives its lineage from Beowulf is in vulgar phrase ‘a put up job’; a falsehood grafted upon our text-books by Teutonic and Teutonising professors who can bring less evidence for it than will cover a threepenny-piece.

    VIII. On the Lineage of English Literature (I)

  • She knew exactly what should be done with money, and so, when nobody was looking, she tip-toed to the coffin and slipped the threepenny-piece into Brien's hand.

    Here are Ladies

  • In the struggle he dropped the threepenny-piece, but he was so bustled and heated that he did not observe his loss.

    Here are Ladies

  • She had pulled a cracker with Withers, and severely jarred a tooth over a threepenny-piece in the plum-pudding, but there had been no other events.

    Miss Mapp


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