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(as) right 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 right as ninepence when I came downstairs! James is so meticulous with his office, always keeping it right as ninepence.
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It was a confidence killer but John Thaw was terrific about it and the next day I came back and I was right as ninepence.
Neat as ninepence later became nice as ninepence and right as ninepence.
I have no idea, but the fact was, it was as right as ninepence, as confirmed by a clock expert who checked it out and cleaned it for us so that we could have it running without fear of damage to its movement.