penny-a-lining love

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  • Lucien read on through a pile of penny-a-lining, put together on the same system as his attack upon Nathan.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • Doctor Johnson has been down the street many a time with ragged shoes, and a bundle of penny-a-lining for the

    The History of Pendennis

  • And if I could stand two cents in my tender infancy, don't you suppose I can stand your penny-a-lining now I am grown up?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864

  • We hardly know which most to admire, the graphic and terrible simplicity of this narrative of villany, or the ignorance which it discovers of the modern art of penny-a-lining, an expert practitioner of which would have spread the shocking occurrence over as many columns as this bungling report comprises sentences.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860

  • In France, all kinds of petty ratspolice officials, penny-a-lining journalists, women who have slept with German soldiersare hunted down while almost without exception the big rats escape.

    In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse

  • It happened that whilst I was penny-a-lining in New

    "Marse Henry" : an autobiography,

  • South Kensington, and the handsomest, and the cleverest, and the most fetching to experienced men who know a good thing when they see it, whatever she may be to conceited penny-a-lining puppies who think nothing good enough for them.

    How He Lied to Her Husband

  • There is the wooden eikon which stands for questionable cigars or unquestionable penny-a-lining -- in either case a mere peg upon which to hang commercial profit.

    The Indian of Commerce

  • In France, all kinds of petty rats — police officials, penny-a-lining journalists, women who have slept with German soldiers — are hunted down while almost without exception the big rats escape.

    Collected Essays

  • For the same reason (incredible as it must appear in an American) I never entertained the least suspicion that they were destined to be dished up with a sauce of penny-a-lining gossip; and myself, my person, and my works of art, butchered to make a holiday for the readers of a Sunday paper.

    The Wrecker

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  • work as a hack writer, paid at the rate of a penny a line

    March 13, 2007