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threepence

[thrip-uh ns, threp-, thruhp-; three-pens] /ˈθrɪp əns, ˈθrɛp-, ˈθrʌp-; ˈθriˌpɛns/
noun
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of three pennies.
2.
a former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, a quarter of a shilling, equal to three pennies: use phased out after decimalization in 1971.
Origin of threepence
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; three + pence
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  • It seemed a pity to end it in order to save two pounds eight and threepence.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It seemed sinful; but he laid two shillings and threepence on the counter.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • The sum is sixteen pounds eleven shillings and threepence, sir.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • The Chinese labourers do not receive more than twopence or threepence a day.

  • Flying Boats (Tony paid for himself), a penny, one and threepence.

    Jackanapes Juliana Horatio Ewing
  • They were quoted at a shilling last week; they are up to two shillings and threepence.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • "There," said Miss Baker, insidiously giving the man two and threepence.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • He had given fourpence (let us say) for that which threepence would have purchased.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He only gave me threepence; and he hadn't even the decency to pay in silver.

  • Mistress Benden, your allowance is threepence by the day—what shall I fetch you?

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt

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