fourpence-halfpenny love

fourpence-halfpenny

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name popularly given in New England to a small Spanish coin, the half-real (of Mexican plate), the value of which was equal to 4½d. of the old New England currency, or 6¼ cents. Also called fippenny bit, or fip in Pennsylvania and several of the Southern States.

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Examples

  • The Grenadier was not an expensive hotel, for in the morning when I paid my bill for bed and breakfast, I found that the accommodation cost me fourpence-halfpenny.

    A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France

  • Garrick, setting off to London, where it was said that he lived in a garret on fourpence-halfpenny per day.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • We understand that Sir Peter Laurie has been presented with the Freedom of the Barber's Company, enclosed in a pewter shaving-box of the value of fourpence-halfpenny.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, November 27, 1841

  • 'I didn't want particular to go out again to-day, but anything to encourage a good young chap. There is a nice shop in Edgware Road -- hundreds of books for fourpence-halfpenny each.

    Chatterbox, 1905.

  • There were several postal orders, a half-crown or two, a ten-shilling note from Clem's father, and fourpence-halfpenny from Toby, who had bought her a purse as a present and thoughtfully put into it everything that he happened to have got left.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • We took the tram to Greenwich Station, and then we took a cab home (and well worth the money, which was all we now had got, except fourpence-halfpenny), for we were all dog-tired.

    New Treasure Seekers

  • This is invented for me, and delivered to me orally by Mr. Murdstone, and begins, “If I go into a cheese-monger’s shop, and buy five thousand double-Gloucester cheeses at fourpence-halfpenny each, present payment”—at which I see Miss Murdstone secretly overjoyed.

    IV. I Fall Into Disgrace

  • This is invented for me, and delivered to me orally by Mr. Murdstone, and begins, 'If I go into a cheesemonger's shop, and buy five thousand double-Gloucester cheeses at fourpence-halfpenny each, present payment' - at which I see Miss Murdstone secretly overjoyed.

    David Copperfield

  • The first, a beautiful piece of prose, of which the key-note was resignation, contained two shillings 'worth of sympathy and fourpence-halfpenny worth of religion.

    A Master Of Craft

  • Of course we have read Mr Sherlock Holmes, as well as the yellow-covered books with pictures outside that are so badly printed; and you get them for fourpence-halfpenny at the bookstall when the corners of them are beginning to curl up and get dirty, with people looking to see how the story ends when they are waiting for trains.

    The Story of the Treasure Seekers

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