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two pun ten

obsolete A phrase used as a code between shop clerks to keep an eye on someone who may be a potential shoplifter. Disguised as a monetary term (a colloquial shortening of two pound, ten shillings) and derived from the phrase "two upon ten," itself a shortening of "two eyes upon ten fingers." Primarily heard in UK. A: "Oy, Jack! Was that two pun ten matter ever resolved?" B: "Ah, I know just the one you speak of. Sorting it out now, mate."
See also: ten, two
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