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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Definitions for catchpenny

  1. made to sell readily at a low price, regardless of value or use.
  2. something that is catchpenny.

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Citations for catchpenny
Frieda tracked her transformation in the mirror, uncertain if this catchpenny version of herself was closer to, or further from, the real thing. Michael Lowenthal, Charity Girl, 2007
But the Passionate Parisian Painter—and all that catchpenny nonsense about the Spanish Civil War: I mean...really, I ask you. Martin Amis, The Rachel Papers, 1973
Origin of catchpenny
1750-1760
Catchpenny entered English in the 1750s and comes from the phrase "catch a penny."