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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If you didn't care, you "didn't give a brass farthing." Or, disdainfully, "I wouldn't give you a ha'penny for that."
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.
In 1973, the judge at Carlisle announced Brother Somers had won by a head from Brass Farthing. It was a surprise to Ian Johnson, Brass Farthing's rider, who was convinced he had won.
"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.
In January McAteer - a friend of dead gangster Stewart "Specky" Boyd and murdered dealer Justin McAlroy - was ordered to pay pounds 1 under proceeds of crime laws after a court heard he did not have a "brass farthing".
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.
I've worked there for 30 years and there hasn't been a brass farthing spent on the place in any real sense for decades.
If it also undertakes to replace every brass farthing Wales loses from EU funding, commits to a fairer financial settlement for devolved functions like Health and Education, and promises that Wales can develop its own policy on matters best decided in Wales - that would be significant.
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. I remember very well when our councillors were not paid but received only expenses.
"Their attitude throughout was that they were not going to pay Mr Hendricks a brass farthing," said the judge.