- noting a nail 3 inches (7.6 cm) in length. Symbol: 10d.
- worth or costing 10 cents.
Origin of tenpenny
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Examples from the Web for tenpenny
They scowled at him as if they were mad enough to bite off the heads of tenpenny nails.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Like Thoreau, I believe I could live on a tenpenny nail, if it comes to that.The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson
The Examiner has let down its price from a tenpenny to a sevenpenny.Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats
You have disgraced your family long enough in that old black rag, or in something made of tenpenny muslin!The Tree of Knowledge
Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
I looked at them for a while in wonderment, and at last I threw out a "tenpenny" in the midst.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- (prenominal) US and Canadian (of a nail) three inches in length
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