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sevenpenny

[sev-uh n-pen-ee] /ˈsɛv ənˌpɛn i/
adjective
1.
noting a nail 2¼ inches (6 cm) long. Symbol: 7d.
Origin of sevenpenny
1350-1400
1350-1400 for earlier sense “costing seven pence”; Middle English; see seven, -penny
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  • "sevenpenny for men-servants, sixpenny for women," she explained.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • The Examiner has let down its price from a tenpenny to a sevenpenny.

  • Did the mandarins imagine that they were going to stop the sevenpenny, that anything could stop it?

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • For when there are no six-shilling novels to reprint, obviously there can be no sevenpenny reprints of them.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • It is comforting to perceive that this wickedness on the part of the sevenpenny reprint cannot indefinitely continue.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • Thirdly, the sevenpenny reprint of the popular novel is ruining the already ruined six-shilling novel.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • Well, it is notorious that if the sevenpenny publishers are publishing one particular book just now, that book is "Kipps."

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • On the other hand, the remarks of the sevenpenny publishers themselves are not undiverting.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • I have heard from dozens of people in the trade that Messrs. Nelson could not possibly make the sevenpenny reprint pay.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • They can machine 1-1/2 dozen sevenpenny shirts in a day, by working till midnight and later.

    The Alien Invasion William Henry Wilkins

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