have two pennies to rub together

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not have two pennies to rub together

  (British, American & Australian) also not have two nickels to rub together (American)
to be very poor She's been out of work for months and doesn't have two pennies to rub together.
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The 48-year-old actress explained that during her childhood, when they didn't have two nickels to rub together, her mother always made sure that she along with her sisters had two grosgrain ribbons in their hair.
Reflecting on those days many years later, the Baptist pastor remembers being "so poor I didn't have two nickels to rub together.
Christians should be known today as that nomadic tribe of peasants who don't have two nickels to rub together.
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