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- n. Plural form of catchpenny.
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She was a frugal woman and we only had one day at the seaside and buckets and spades would be catchpennies, so she bought us a milk can and wooden spoons.
It was soon translated into every language of Europe -- (Hood used to laugh as he wondered how they would render "Seam and gusset and band," into Dutch); it was printed and sold as catchpennies, printed on cotton pocket-handkerchiefs, it was illustrated and parodied in a thousand ways; and the greatest triumph of all, which brought tears of joy to
The strange far-off oriental words which today scholars discuss, theosophists manipulate, and charlatans employ as catchpennies were common words in the every-day speech of the Hindu people, two or three thousand years ago.
And catchpennies are cheap goods priced for quick sale.