(as) nice as ninepence

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(as) nice as ninepence

Very tidy, neat, and well-organized; in good order. After my kids made me breakfast in bed, I expected the kitchen to be a mess. But was I ever surprised to find the whole place as nice as ninepence when I came downstairs! James is so meticulous with his office, always keeping it nice as ninepence.
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Neat as ninepence later became nice as ninepence and right as ninepence.
But she is as nice as ninepence to our faces, so how do we handle this?
He could be nice as ninepence - but only when a customer or head office was on the phone.
One day he's beating you black and blue, the next he's as nice as ninepence.