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  • n. Plural form of pound.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of pound.


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  • & Hall accepted and gave a hundred pounds, as you heard, for the copyright of the work; and though the success did not, perhaps (that is quite possible), induce any liberality with regard to copies, they gave _another hundred pounds_ upon printing the second edition, and it was not in the bond to do so.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)

  • Newcastle, Lady Mary Godolphin, Colonel Churchill (who receives 'twenty pounds, together with my gold-headed cane'), and, lastly, 'to the poor of the parish,' the magnificent sum of _ten pounds_.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Volume 1

  • The iron manufacture, also, grew so rapidly that whereas, in 1834, the consumption had been only _eleven_ pounds per head, in 1847 it had risen to _twenty-five pounds_, having thus more than doubled; and with each step in this direction, the people were obtaining better machinery for cultivating the land and for converting its raw products into manufactured ones.

    The slave trade, domestic and foreign Why It Exists, and How It May Be Extinguished

  • I thereupon wrote a paper to be read in Junto, representing these irregularities, but insisting more particularly on the inequality of this six-shilling tax of the constables, respecting the circumstances of those who paid it, since a poor widow housekeeper, all whose property to be guarded by the watch did not perhaps exceed the value of fifty pounds, paid as much as the wealthiest merchant, who had thousands of poundsÂ’ worth of goods in his stores.

    Paras. 201-250

  • According to James 664 pounds; he omits the chase guns for no reason.] or including a shifting 24-pound carronade, of 698 pounds -- just _six pounds_, or 1 per cent, less than the force of that "disguised line-of-battle ship" the _Constitution_!

    The Naval War of 1812 Or the History of the United States Navy during the Last War with Great Britain to Which Is Appended an Account of the Battle of New Orleans

  • She ended the term pounds lighter and in a depressed frame of mind.

    An Autobiography

  • I note you use the term pounds, so I guess you are in the UK.

    Daily beverage news and comment - from

  • Seriously, carrying 70 extra pounds is almost like having a disability, and I don't care if it's muscle or fat.

    In Shape

  • In Antwerp, which _gave rule in trade_ to most other cities, the accounts were kept in _livres, sols, and deniers_; which they termed pounds, shillings, and pence _of grosses_.

    Notes and Queries, Number 05, December 1, 1849

  • And trendy shop assistants in trendy shops who are too hip and trendy and very to bother with the word pounds, and instead say "that's 20 please".

    The Guardian World News


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