pennies from heaven

Unexpected good fortune, a windfall, as in They sent back our check—pennies from heaven. This expression may have originated with a song and motion picture so named (1936), popularized by Bing Crosby.


Nearby words

  1. penney,
  2. penni,
  3. pennia,
  4. pennie,
  5. pennies,
  6. penniform,
  7. penniless,
  8. pennilessly,
  9. pennillion,
  10. pennine

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