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  • (adverb) - (1) To live by the penny, to be constantly in the habit of purchasing the necessaries of life, as opposed to the old custom of consuming one's own produce.

    --Thomas Sternberg's Dialect and Folk-Lore of Northamptonshire, 1851

    (2) Flimp, to hustle, rob. Putting on the flimp, garotte robbery.

    --Ducange Anglicus's Vulgar Tongue: Two Glossaries of Slang, Cant, and Flash Words and Phrases, 1857

    Penny Foolish

    January 14, 2018