from The Century Dictionary.
- Of the value of five pence.
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- adjective dated Costing
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He hammered it down tight -- fivepenny nails into highvarnished oak.
American Tabloid Ellroy, James, 1948- 1995
For example, a threepenny nail is 1-1/4 "long, a fourpenny nail is 1-1/2" long, a fivepenny nail is 1-3/4 "long, a sixpenny nail is 2" long.
Handwork in Wood William Noyes
Having written a fivepenny pamphlet, _An Address to the Irish
The Art of Letters Robert Lynd 1914
Cf. Spectator, No. 454: "I went afterwards to Robin's, and saw people who had dined with me at the fivepenny ordinary just before, give bills for the value of large estates."
The Journal to Stella Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 1901
The dormitories, both of the fivepenny class on the ground floor and of the threepenny class upstairs, are kept scrupulously sweet and clean, and attached to them are lavatories and baths.
Regeneration Henry Rider Haggard 1890
I receive every subject of natural history that is brought to me; and, though they do not march into my ark from all quarters, as they did into that of our great ancestor, yet I find means, by the distribution of a few fivepenny _bits_, to make them find the way fast enough.
Heads and Tales : or, Anecdotes and Stories of Quadrupeds and Other Beasts, Chiefly Connected with Incidents in the Histories of More or Less Distinguished Men. Adam White 1848
"Take this," said the priest, "it is as much as I can afford to give you," putting a silver fivepenny-piece into his hand; "there's a great deal of poor in my own parish."
The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three William Carleton 1831
The Great Dane could land the ball on a fivepenny piece from 40 yards.
The Guardian World News Toby Moses 2012
Fanny made a drawing of him, and he and his dogs _sat_ for a fivepenny, which I honestly gave him for his and his dogs 'tricks.
The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth, Volume 1 Maria Edgeworth 1808
Cf. Spectator, No. 454: “I went afterwards to Robin’s, and saw people who had dined with me at the fivepenny ordinary just before, give bills for the value of large estates.”
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