farthing


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Related to farthing: Penny Farthing, Penny Farthing Bicycle

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.
See also: angle, farthing

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

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.
See also: brass, farthing, not, worth

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
References in classic literature ?
Prythee tell it speedily, for I am a tinker by trade, as thou seest, and as I am in my trade I am greedy for news, even as a priest is greedy for farthings.
He never gave away a farthing in his life," growled Tinker.
Tinker, flinging down the coin; it's only baronets as cares about farthings.
Tinker, surlily; "because he looks to his farthings.
Ablewhite, senior, refused to lend his son a farthing.
The joke is just worth the odd farthing it was made for.
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The former footballer from Rainham, Essex, had to learn how to ride the gearless original penny farthing, which dates from 1885.
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It's our goal to be a contributing corporate citizen in North Carolina, and we're pleased to make these computers available to the students at Pasquotank and Northeastern," said George Farthing, SAS community relations manager.
This resulted in the front wheel on the penny farthing being a massive 60in in diameter.
a) Penny Farthing b) Pound Farthing c) Two-pence Farthing Birmingham Mail and Trinity Mirror group companies may contact you by email, phone or letter with details of goods and services you may be interested in.
Gaddafi's Tent 2011 by Stephen Farthing is valued at pounds 17,000.