brass farthing


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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.
See also: brass, farthing
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If it was my money behind the competition I'd be demanding a refund and vowing not to part with a brass farthing more in future.
But at a time when the manager hasn't a brass farthing to spend, it is the only viable solution to stop the downward spiral that saw the Sky Blues slip from sixth place following their victory over West Ham in August to 19th last week.
Why should it cost the British taxpayer one brass farthing to look after Maxine Carr when she comes out of prison?
My own business was one of those that lost a few hundred pounds when Mr Michaelson's companies collapsed and to date we have not seen even a brass farthing in dividend.
Not a brass farthing for American Ballet Theatre or, say, Ruth Page in Chicago.
With the tricks Ashley has pulled, he doesn't deserve a brass farthing.
At Carlisle, in 1973, Ian Johnson was convinced that he had won the apprentice race on Brass Farthing but the judge declared Brother Somers the winner.
We can waste our own money if we wish, but we should all strive not to waste one brass farthing of other people's money.
WHY ON earth should Britain fork out even a brass farthing to help rescue Portugal from its financial plight?
Seeing as Max doesn't have a brass farthing to his name, his financial predicament is soon revealed to Tanya, who is so horrified she threatens to leave him - again.
THE refurbished privately-owned houses on Manchester Road at Thornton Lodge certainly do look better (Examiner, July 7) and I'm glad that my taxes could be utilised to pay for them, even though every brass farthing of recent building work on my house has come from my own pocket.
Cllr Colin Eldridge, Liberal Democrat member of Merseyside police authority, said: "Considering how much the government will put into the Olympics, they have barely given a brass farthing to Capital of Culture.
when the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United will no doubt be offered the chance to pluck Tevez and Mascherano away from east London, having allowed them to settle in the Premiership without risking a brass farthing.
75m Ciccio Grabbi, pounds 4m England wannabe Matt Jansen, pounds 2m Dwight Yorke and - a 19-year-old Glasgow-born kid called Paul Gallagher, who didn't cost Souey a brass farthing.