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- n. Coins of little value kept in one's pocket or bag.
- n. A sum of money considered small or insignificant.
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In all innocence, I accepted — and I haven't seen that five bob yet, because the randy baggage had to shell out all her loose change to buy the silence of the grinning water-bailiff who caught us unawares in the reeds, where she was teaching me natural history after her swim.
There is something architectural about the zigzags, diagonals and monochrome waste-tips of broken slates, discarded like loose change because only those few that split cleanly could be used to roof houses.