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  • n. A penny's worth, or an amount of anything one could buy for a penny. The term was used proverbially through the 19th century to refer to "a very small, or the least, amount." It was often contracted as penn'orth.


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  • Especially on winter evenings after tea, when the fire glows in the open range and dances mirrored in the steel fender, when Father, in shirt-sleeves, sits in the rocking chair at one side of the fire reading the racing finals, and Mother sits on the other with her sewing, and the children are happy with a pennorth of mint humbugs, and the dog lolls roasting himself on the rag mat.

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  • A retired officer from the old GMP force adds their two pennorth

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  • We have agreed that my two pennorth should have read 'once the cock regains control of the braincell...'

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  • Mrs Gwyllim a pennorth, I chose rather to go again with her into the Bath, and then I met with an axident.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • "I've only had seventeen pints of ale and three pennorth of gin."

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  • Patrick-street, Dublin -- the lady who used to boast of her "bag of farthin's," and regale herself before each encounter with a pennorth of the "droppin's o 'the cock."

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  • We came out gipsies of the deepest dye, for we had got a pennorth of walnut stain from Mr. Jameson the builder, and mixed with water – the water we had brought in a medicine-bottle – it was a prime disguise.

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  • 'There's plenty' ud think they'd got their two-pennorth to see this on the screen o 'a picture-show at' ome, Jock. '

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  • Not two pennorth of jewellery among a dozen of them.

    Act III

  • All it wants is three pennorth o hair dye: am I to be turned on the streets to starve for it?

    Major Barbara


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