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like cheese at four pence

In an idle, awkward, and/or out-of-place state; being ignored, abandoned, or left to wait awkwardly. Primarily heard in UK. Well, don't just sit there like cheese at four pence—speak up and say what's on your mind! The receptionist was called away before I was done telling her what I needed, leaving me standing there like cheese at four pence.
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Seeing the 18-year-old with a brilliant name and bright future got our man Anthony Woolford trawling through the archives to nd the best, from Bongo Christ to Johnny Moustache, Australian goalkeeper Norman Conquest to aptly-named Belgian midelder Mark De Man plus Zimbabwean Danger Fourpence and French team goalkeeper Dominique Dropsy, who was in their 1978 World Cup squad.
We were all members of the National Cyclists Union and wherever you went there would be hotels and cafes where you could get a cup of tea for fourpence," said George, who was 89 when originally speaking in 2002.
Getting as little as fourpence a pint for their milk.
Fourpence is charged for a motor cycle or motor cycle combination for a period of four hours, but if a severely disabled ex-Serviceman desires to park his motorised tricycle he is charged ninepence for the same period.
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FOLLOWING his monumental failure to persuade the people of Newcastle to vote for a regional assembly, John Prescott has been left, as my mum would say, standing like cheese at fourpence.
And just another fourpence would get you an ice-cream too.
The position is so bad that the motorists who are in a hurry face the steep descent to the Swing Bridge and the following climb, or take a trip round to the High Level Bridge and pay their fourpence.
That was the day when unrestricted crowds descended on stores with all the panache of a Mongol horde in an attempt to buy a 52ins television for fourpence.
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