threepenny-piece love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as threepence, 1.


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  • At first they were about as large as a threepenny-piece, but ended by measuring more than two inches across.

    Wild Nature Won By Kindness Elizabeth Brightwen

  • While he doubted what to do his fingers were in his waistcoat pocket, and he incidentally discovered that he had only a shilling and a threepenny-piece in it.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878 of Popular Literature and Science Various

  • _Punch_ Table, within the space of a threepenny-piece, which is a marvel of legibility.

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann

  • He thanked the old woman very much for the use of her head, and she permitted him to lend her one threepenny-piece, one pocket-handkerchief, one gun-metal watch, one cap, and one boot-lace.

    Here are Ladies James Stephens 1916

  • A young seraph, named Cuchulain, chancing to pass that way shortly afterwards, saw the threepenny-piece peeping brightly from the rocks, and he picked it up.

    Here are Ladies James Stephens 1916

  • One of the visitors, however, moved by an extraordinary dejection, slipped a silver threepenny-piece into the hand of Brien's little daughter, Sheila, aged four years, and later on she did not like to ask for it back again.

    Here are Ladies James Stephens 1916

  • The pretence that our glorious literature derives its lineage from Beowulf is in vulgar phrase ‘a put up job’; a falsehood grafted upon our text-books by Teutonic and Teutonising professors who can bring less evidence for it than will cover a threepenny-piece.

    VIII. On the Lineage of English Literature (I) 1916

  • She knew exactly what should be done with money, and so, when nobody was looking, she tip-toed to the coffin and slipped the threepenny-piece into Brien's hand.

    Here are Ladies James Stephens 1916

  • In the struggle he dropped the threepenny-piece, but he was so bustled and heated that he did not observe his loss.

    Here are Ladies James Stephens 1916

  • She had pulled a cracker with Withers, and severely jarred a tooth over a threepenny-piece in the plum-pudding, but there had been no other events.

    Miss Mapp 1903


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