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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

not a brass farthing

Very little or no money. 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. It was while I was in university, with not a brass farthing to my name, that I truly learned the value of working for a wage. This old car isn't worth a brass farthing.
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a brass farthing

mainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you say that someone will not get a brass farthing, you mean that they will not get any money at all. The tragic fact is that most children in lone-parent families will not gain a brass farthing through this Act. Note: You can also say that someone has not paid a brass farthing if they have not paid any money at all. We rented the house together, but so far she hasn't paid a brass farthing towards it.
See also: brass, farthing

not a brass farthing

no money or assets at all. informal
See also: brass, farthing, not
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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.
There were 960 farthings to a pound sterling at the time - such was inflation, very similar to the fate of the half new penny introduced in 1971.
But dressing in period costume couldn't help them to the record for the longest line of penny farthings ever assembled.