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ninepence

[nahyn-pens, -puh ns] /ˈnaɪnˌpɛns, -pəns/
noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) British. nine pennies.
2.
a former shilling of Great Britain, issued under Elizabeth I for use in Ireland, debased so that it was used in England as a ninepenny piece.
Origin of ninepence
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; nine + pence
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  • What do we want of two horses down here, at two and ninepence a day?

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • ninepence was the sum he had to take home every night, and there was not a halfpenny to spare.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Was in the army long enough to get a pension of ninepence a day.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • "Fifteen and ninepence," muttered he, as he counted over the pieces in his hand.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Was it worth while that she should be made miserable for ninepence a week,—less than £2 a-year?

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • I asked him what the charge was, and he said "ninepence," which means one shilling.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • Eggs cost a penny each, and ‘three oranges and a mouse-trap’ ninepence.

    Oxford Andrew Lang
  • Rather a poor one, I should say, since you had to borrow a ninepence.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
  • "Five shullin's, ninepence, an' a ha'penny," Tammy announced.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • I get ninepence; some of the women only get sevenpence halfpenny.

    Littlebourne Lock F. Bayford Harrison

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