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catchpenny

[kach-pen-ee]
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adjective
  1. made to sell readily at a low price, regardless of value or use.
noun, plural catch·pen·nies.
  1. something that is catchpenny.

Origin of catchpenny

1750–60; from phrase catch (a) penny
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Examples from the Web for catchpenny

Historical Examples

  • Wrote a tale of "'76," which with others will make a catchpenny book.

    Louisa May Alcott

    Louisa May Alcott

  • And what catchpenny ballad writer could not write a parody on them as you have done?

  • It was Marr, though, who had seized upon it when it merely was a catchpenny carnival device and made of it a real money earner.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • It is the staple commodity of your newspaper-mongers, and the catchpenny song of the streets.

  • Their popularity is not of the catchpenny sort; thoughtful people read them, as well as the great drove of the undiscriminating.


British Dictionary definitions for catchpenny

catchpenny

adjective
  1. (prenominal) designed to have instant appeal, esp in order to sell quickly and easily without regard for qualitycatchpenny ornaments
noun plural -nies
  1. an item or commodity that is cheap and showy
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