mean enough to steal a penny off a dead man's eyes

mean enough to steal a penny off a dead man's eyes

Very mean. To keep a deceased's eyes closed, undertakers or whoever tended the body placed coins on the eyes. Anyone who would steal the money was indeed reprehensible. Just as evil was a man who was “mean enough to steal his wife's egg money,” pin money earned from selling eggs that the family didn't use themselves.
See also: dead, enough, eye, mean, off, penny, steal
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