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angle for farthings

obsolete To beg out of a prison window with a receptacle of some kind, such as a box or cup on a string, like an angler trying to catch fish. Primarily heard in UK. Imagine the days when prisons looked out onto public streets, with the prisoners shouting down at you or angling for farthings.
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brass farthing

Something that is worth very little, nothing, or next to nothing. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Usually used in the negative, and most often in the phrase, "not worth a brass farthing." Primarily heard in UK. I didn't get a brass farthing for all the work I did on that project. This old car isn't worth a brass farthing. If I had a brass farthing for all the times I heard that excuse, I'd be rich by now.
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be not worth a brass farthing

To be completely worthless or useless; to have little or no value. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK. I was so excited when my grandfather said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a brass farthing. Over the years working here, I've come to realize that the boss's word isn't worth a brass farthing.
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not worth a brass farthing

Completely worthless or useless; having little or no value. Refers to farthings, obsolete British units of currency worth one-quarter of a penny that were once made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK. I was so excited when my grandfather said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a brass farthing. Over the years working here, I've come to realize that the boss's word isn't worth a brass farthing.
See also: brass, farthing, not, worth
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He never gave away a farthing in his life," growled Tinker.
I should be five years getting to it, and should have to spend two hundred a year in going circuit before I had earned a farthing.
Ablewhite, senior, refused to lend his son a farthing.
The joke is just worth the odd farthing it was made for.
The Farthings, on Green Lane in Castle Bromwich, organised the family fun day in association with one of the hospital's long-term supporters Danny Ryan MBE, who over the last 10 years has raised a massive PS50,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital.
I can remember, in the late 1960s, a pay rate of four shillings and 11 pence three farthings per hour for 39 and three quarter hours worked.
The exhibition will feature penny farthings and boneshakers from the 19th Century alongside bikes from every decade throughout the 20th century and contemporary carbon fibre racing bikes used in the Tour.
The wager was over which drop would trickle to the bottom first - and the loser was so angry at his defeat he paid up in 4,800 new farthings withdrawn from his bank.
Penny Farthings, BMXs, unicyclists and even a Terrier in a basket on board his owner's bike lined up alongside elite cyclists.
includes you One of Cowbridge's most well known restaurants, Farthings, has been sold.
The second day of the Liverpool Cycle Show featured penny farthings, tandems, choppers and even a seven-seater Conference bike.
Penny Farthings made a nostalgic return to the roads of the North-East yesterday as vintage bicycle enthusiasts took a trip down memory lane.
The original bottom-bruising penny farthings were manufactured between 1870 and 1878, but with the bone shaking ride sorted out, the new up-to-date version with mountain-bike tyres and comfy sprung seat could prove a surprise Christmas hit.
They were joined in Williamson Square by other bicycle enthusiasts riding weird and wacky bikes, including penny farthings and unicycles.
Three Farthings, at his best with some cut in the ground, should find conditions to his liking in the P & S Warren Novices' Chase (4.