[fawr-pen-ee, -puh-nee, fohr-]
- noting a nail 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long.
- noting certain fine nails 1.375 inches (3.5 cm) long. Symbol: 4d
- British. of the amount or value of fourpence.
Origin of fourpenny
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Examples from the Web for fourpenny
How does that agree with a fourpenny tax on a four-pound loaf of bread?Through South Africa
Henry M. Stanley
Not quite a sixpence, but the next thing to it—a fourpenny piece.A Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett
After supper, he consoled himself with a pint of fourpenny ale.
I've been hunting you the way O'Mulligan's pup hunted the fourpenny bit through the bonfire.
The writing materials consisted of a vaseline bottle (fourpenny size) full of ink, and two weary pieces of blotting-paper.From One Generation to Another
Henry Seton Merriman
- British slang a blow, esp with the fist
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