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an amount that may be bought for a halfpenny
a trifling or very small amount
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  • But these are but the halfpennyworth of bread compared to the vast quantity of sack.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • Not one halfpennyworth of property was lost, stolen, or strayed.

  • Can it be he has made up his mind to do without his halfpennyworth of milk for the dog?

  • I never professed to have a halfpennyworth of pity at that gentleman's command.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • A halfpennyworth of milk and a pennyworth of bread must make up her meal.

    Meg's Friend

    Alice Abigail Corkran
  • Madam, I reply to that imaginary questioner, it would not make one halfpennyworth of difference.

  • Ibsen sets himself to discover the halfpennyworth of significance in all this intolerable deal of irrelevance.


    Clive Bell
  • But in my present undertaking it passes as the halfpennyworth of bread to many gallons of sack.

  • Has anyone thrown away a halfpennyworth of sympathy upon any person mentioned in this history?

    Catherine: A Story William Makepeace Thackeray

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