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  • noun obsolete, UK A coin worth ten old pennies.
  • noun obsolete, UK The value of ten old pennies.

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  • noun a decimal coin worth ten pennies


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ten +‎ pence


  • Women, and plenty to spare, are found to toil under the sweat-shop masters for tenpence a day of fourteen hours.


  • He had to pawn his watch to get money & was found by a Policeman wandering about in the streets of Exeter at midnight with tenpence in his pocket.


  • So they took some coffee, and after paying the bill, — twelve and twopence the dinner, and the odd tenpence for the waiter — thirteen shillings in all — started out on their expedition to manufacture a night.

    Sketches by Boz

  • For, in splendour of appearance, he was at least equal to the Deputy Usher of the Black Rod; and the idea of his carrying, as Jeremy Diddler would say, ‘such a thing as tenpence’ away with him, seemed monstrous.

    Pictures from Italy

  • FOR THREE-AND-TWENTY WEEKS RUNNING, making two shillings and tenpence-halfpenny.

    The Fatal Boots

  • The cabbage, for example, cost tenpence in the normal course of things, and a cauliflower a shilling.


  • I was left with just forty-seven francs — that is, seven and tenpence.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • Sometimes half a dozen PLONGEURS would make up a party and go to an abominable brothel in the Rue de Sieyes, where the charge was only five francs twenty-five centimes — tenpence half-penny.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • Those were the days before the violent competition of the half-educated had brought things down to an impossible tenpence the thousand words, and the prevailing price was as high as one-and-six.

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • The smith went up to it, coaxed and patted it, making use of various sounds of equine endearment; then turning to me, and holding out once more the grimy hand, he said, ‘And now ye will be giving me the Sassannach tenpence, agrah?’



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