threepenny bit

thrupenny bit


a twelve-sided British coin of nickel-brass, valued at three old pence, obsolete since 1971

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Examples from the Web for threepenny bit

Historical Examples of threepenny bit

  • The customary unit of expenditure is the threepenny-bit or “tickey.”

  • The "threepenny-bit" may well be regarded as the "church coin."

  • I have elevenpence in stamps, and that, with the threepenny-bit we picked up off the floor of the bus, makes eight shillings.

  • For all the luxury to be got out of that impersonal gift, one might just as well drop a threepenny-bit into the crimson bag.

  • Saying which he had bestowed on me a threepenny-bit as “pocket-money” for the term, and wished me good-bye.

    My Friend Smith

    Talbot Baines Reed