from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of halfpennyworth.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Although written by a Treasury official -- a being who in popular conception is compounded of red-tape and sealing-wax and spends his life in spoiling the Ship of State by saving halfpennyworths of tar -- it is not a dry-as-dust treatise on the art of scientific parsimony, but a lively plea for wise expenditure.
The forty-eight halfpennyworths proved to be sufficient for all, however, though the orthodoxy of one or two seemed doubtful.