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angle for farthings

obsolete To beg out of a prison window with a receptacle of some kind, such as a box or cup on a string, like an angler trying to catch fish. Primarily heard in UK. Imagine the days when prisons looked out onto public streets, with the prisoners shouting down at you or angling for farthings.
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be not worth a brass farthing

To be completely worthless or useless; to have little or no value. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK. I was so excited when my grandfather said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a brass farthing. Over the years working here, I've come to realize that the boss's word isn't worth a brass farthing.
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brass farthing

Something that is worth very little, nothing, or next to nothing. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Usually used in the negative, and most often in the phrase, "not worth a brass farthing." Primarily heard in UK. I didn't get a brass farthing for all the work I did on that project. This old car isn't worth a brass farthing. If I had a brass farthing for all the times I heard that excuse, I'd be rich by now.
See also: brass, farthing

not a brass farthing

Very little or no money. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK. It was while I was in university, with not a brass farthing to my name, that I truly learned the value of working for a wage. I wouldn't pay anything for this old car—not a brass farthing!
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not worth a brass farthing

Completely worthless or useless; having little or no value. Refers to farthings, obsolete British units of currency worth one-quarter of a penny that were once made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK. I was so excited when my grandfather said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a brass farthing. Over the years working here, I've come to realize that the boss's word isn't worth a brass farthing.
See also: brass, farthing, not, worth

a brass farthing

mainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you say that someone will not get a brass farthing, you mean that they will not get any money at all. The tragic fact is that most children in lone-parent families will not gain a brass farthing through this Act. Note: You can also say that someone has not paid a brass farthing if they have not paid any money at all. We rented the house together, but so far she hasn't paid a brass farthing towards it.
See also: brass, farthing

not a brass farthing

no money or assets at all. informal
See also: brass, farthing, not
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Penny Farthings, BMXs, unicyclists and even a Terrier in a basket on board his owner's bike lined up alongside elite cyclists.
Coins have always had an important public relations function and James I, who introduced copper farthings, made sure that they bore his title as the ruler of the new entity of Great Britain: laco DG Mag Brit (James by the Grace of God King of Great Britain); on the reverse they had a crowned harp and said Fra Et Hib Rex (King of France and Ireland).They were not struck at the Royal Mint in the Tower of London.
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The second day of the Liverpool Cycle Show featured penny farthings, tandems, choppers and even a seven-seater Conference bike.
Penny Farthings made a nostalgic return to the roads of the North-East yesterday as vintage bicycle enthusiasts took a trip down memory lane.
The original bottom-bruising penny farthings were manufactured between 1870 and 1878, but with the bone shaking ride sorted out, the new up-to-date version with mountain-bike tyres and comfy sprung seat could prove a surprise Christmas hit.
Three Farthings, at his best with some cut in the ground, should find conditions to his liking in the P & S Warren Novices' Chase (4.35) at Huntingdon today, writes Rodney Masters.
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