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  • Spanish as the French say etrennes, or the English handsell or luckpenny — phrases used by inferiors to their patrons as the bringers of good news.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Together (she is a poor waif, a child of shame, yours and mine and of all for a bare shilling and her luckpenny), together they hear the heavy tread of the watch as two raincaped shadows pass the new royal university.

    Ulysses

  • --- I am for doun to Christy Wilson's, to see if him and me can gree about the luckpenny I am to gie him for his year-aulds.

    The Black Dwarf

  • _McDonough: _ Ah, what sort at all are the people of the fair, to be doing their bargaining and clutching after their luckpenny, and she being stark and quiet!

    New Irish Comedies

  • -- And that's very true -- I hae nae time to be standing here clavering -- Landlord, get us our breakfast, and see an 'get the yauds fed -- I am for doun to Christy Wilson's, to see if him and me can gree about the luckpenny I am to gie him for his year-aulds.

    The Black Dwarf

  • I am, indeed, seriously angry with you at the quantum of your luckpenny; but, vexed and hurt as I was, I could not help laughing very heartily at the noble lord's apology for the missed napkin.

    The Letters of Robert Burns

  • Wilson’s, to see if him and me can gree about the luckpenny I am to gie him for his year-aulds.

    The Black Dwarf

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  • General Language Term

    a coin kept for luck

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    Commerce

    a small amount of money returned for luck by a seller to a customer

    August 6, 2009