So that if a chestnut was a fiver, and it beat a tenner, it became at one leap a fifteener.
Before the summer I come again and say, “Give me 49another tenner, and I'll be obliged.”
There's a tenner coming your way if he doesn't forget about it.
She was excited no doubt by thoughts of the race, and of the 'tenner' he was going to put on for her.
He had already raised money on the furniture, and his whole assets came to less than a tenner.
Here,” he said, “do you feel like giving a tenner for a whisky and soda?
And if you want money, Will's flush, he 'll lend you a 'tenner.'
You've a lot of science, we all know, but I'll back Lance for a tenner.
However, I had no choice, so I put my poor turnip up the spout, and got a tenner for it.
Let's see—tenner's Agency in Philly is a good place to start.
Old English ten (Mercian), tien (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *tekhan (cf. Old Saxon tehan, Old Norse tiu, Danish ti, Old Frisian tian, Old Dutch ten, Dutch tien, Old High German zehan, German zehn, Gothic taihun "ten").
The Germanic words are from PIE *dekm (cf. Sanskrit dasa, Avestan dasa, Armenian tasn, Greek deka, Latin decem, Old Church Slavonic deseti, Lithuanian desimt, Old Irish deich, Breton dek, Welsh deg, Albanian djetu "ten").
Tenner "ten-pound note" is slang first recorded 1861; as "ten-dollar bill," 1887 (ten-spot in this sense dates from 1848). The ten-foot pole that you wouldn't touch something with (1909) was originally a 40-foot pole; the idea is the same as the advice to use a long spoon when you dine with the devil. Ten-four "I understand, message received," is attested in popular jargon from 1962, from use in CB and police radio 10-code (in use in U.S. by 1950).
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