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

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
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Their attitude throughout was that they were not going to pay Mr Hendricks a brass farthing," said the judge.
When that [euro]3bn is split across all the areas where it's being promised, the universities will be lucky to get a brass farthing extra.
The one thing he (Moyes) does know is he gets every single brass farthing available and he does know no-one takes any money out of this club.
If it was my money behind the competition I'd be demanding a refund and vowing not to part with a brass farthing more in future.
But at a time when the manager hasn't a brass farthing to spend, it is the only viable solution to stop the downward spiral that saw the Sky Blues slip from sixth place following their victory over West Ham in August to 19th last week.
Why should it cost the British taxpayer one brass farthing to look after Maxine Carr when she comes out of prison?
My own business was one of those that lost a few hundred pounds when Mr Michaelson's companies collapsed and to date we have not seen even a brass farthing in dividend.
Not a brass farthing for American Ballet Theatre or, say, Ruth Page in Chicago.
She remarked that I work as hard as most councillors and also work at least 20 to 30 hours per week without receiving a brass farthing.
You can imagine my chagrin when Lady Cecil's filly skooshed up at 16-1 in the Firth of Clyde Stakes with not a brass farthing on
At Carlisle, in 1973, Ian Johnson was convinced that he had won the apprentice race on Brass Farthing but the judge declared Brother Somers the winner.
WHY ON earth should Britain fork out even a brass farthing to help rescue Portugal from its financial plight?
Just as it is a fact that ten years ago they were a club facing oblivion, gates down to a huddled few thousand, in the bottom division, barely a brass farthing to spend.