have two pennies to rub together

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.
See also: have, penny, rub, together, two
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Melissa's snobby parents aren't big fans of Will, who doesn't have two pennies to rub together and the pair are separated.
Rovers don't have two pennies to rub together so I just can't see it happening.
We don't have two pennies to rub together but neither did Lochee yet they are now one of the top teams at this level.
When I say I have no money to spend, I mean it, I don't have two pennies to rub together if a player was to become available in the transfer market.
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