- a hack writer.
Origin of penny-a-liner
1825–35; penny-a-line (of writing) paid for at the rate of a penny per line + -er1
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Examples from the Web for penny-a-liner
You don't want me to be a penny-a-liner all my life, sweetheart, do you?
He is a music master, or a penny-a-liner, or a third-rate artist.Daisy Miller
The penny-a-liner has long been the butt of a heartless world.About London
J. Ewing Ritchie
So that a philosopher may say we as well as a monarch or a penny-a-liner.From the Oak to the Olive
Julia Ward Howe
Winter, go and bring joy to the heart of some penny-a-liner by giving him that item.The Stowmarket Mystery
- rare a hack writer or journalist
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