an amount that may be bought for a halfpenny
a trifling or very small amount

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Examples from the Web for halfpennyworth

Historical Examples of halfpennyworth

  • But these are but the halfpennyworth of bread compared to the vast quantity of sack.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • Not one halfpennyworth of property was lost, stolen, or strayed.

  • Can it be he has made up his mind to do without his halfpennyworth of milk for the dog?

  • I never professed to have a halfpennyworth of pity at that gentleman's command.

    The Newcomes

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • A halfpennyworth of milk and a pennyworth of bread must make up her meal.

    Meg's Friend

    Alice Abigail Corkran