three-halfpence love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An English silver coin of the value of three halfpence (3 cents), issued by Queen Elizabeth; also, a silver coin of William IV. and Queen Victoria, formerly issued for circulation in Ceylon.


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  • And he agreed; and next Saturday came, and he very often could not pay me more than three-halfpence.

    The Fatal Boots

  • He then said how, for three-halfpence, he had been compelled to pay me three shillings

    The Fatal Boots

  • Sir John Pocklington was, on the contrary, the dirty little snuffy man who cried out so about the bad quality of the beer, and grumbled at being overcharged three-halfpence for a herring, seated at the next table to Jubber on the day when some one pointed the Baronet out to me.

    The Book of Snobs

  • A little native imp was our guide, seduced by the gift of a German knife, value three-halfpence, and my Macassar boy Baderoon brought his chopper to clear the path if necessary.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • European traders; everything reached us through at least two or three hands, often many more; yet English calicoes and American cotton cloths could be bought for 8s. the piece, muskets for 15s., common scissors and German knives at three-halfpence each, and other cutlery, cotton goods, and earthenware in the same proportion.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • So, for the matter of three-halfpence, he killed the shopkeeper; and had his own rascally head chopped off, universally regretted by his friends.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • The cruelty of the times is shown in the case of an unfortunate sempstress who tried to earn a living by making shirts for three-halfpence each.

    Queen Victoria

  • The prices are remarkably moderate in most of these places; the charge is no more than three-halfpence for half a pint of coffee, or _threepence for a whole pint_.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, December 11, 1841

  • As the pool belonged to the lord of Penrose, it was customary to present him with a purse containing three-halfpence to obtain his permission for the cutting of the Bar.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • On going to the bar to ask the price, he was told three-halfpence.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada


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