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like cheese at four pence

In an idle, awkward, and/or out-of-place state; being ignored, abandoned, or left to wait awkwardly. Primarily heard in UK. Well, don't just sit there like cheese at four pence—speak up and say what's on your mind! The receptionist was called away before I was done telling her what I needed, leaving me standing there like cheese at four pence.
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(This is where the 'free-willers' throw in their fourpence worth!) Faith is the easy way out - its messenger, the Bible from which he quotes is so full of inaccuracies and contradictions the Gospels can't even agree on where Jesus came from - used as a bludgeon or a carrot over the centuries depending on the whim or caprice of those in power and their clergy.
All she has got to do is come up with a massive, non-fatal explosion (on a budget of about fourpence) and persuade Martine McCutcheon and Jason Donovan to roll around with their kit off while getting sand up their bits.
A radio message is sent from the battle-front to HQ: "Send reinforcements, we're going to advance" it reads, only for it to be interpreted as "Send three and fourpence, we're going to a dance".
"Some cinema prices were sixpence and some fourpence. When we were hard up we went to the fourpenny places."
"There was a fourpence, threepence, twopence and onepence piece and I still have them today."
The supermarkets used to charge fourpence less for a litre of unleaded, but the gap has been steadily eroded to less than half a penny.
It was fourpence from Golcar down to Huddersfield, tuppence on the trolley, sixpence to go in and tuppence for a programme, so it was one and sixpence altogether, which would be 71/2p today.
Seeing the 18-year-old with a brilliant name and bright future got our man Anthony Woolford trawling through the archives to nd the best, from Bongo Christ to Johnny Moustache, Australian goalkeeper Norman Conquest to aptly-named Belgian midelder Mark De Man plus Zimbabwean Danger Fourpence and French team goalkeeper Dominique Dropsy, who was in their 1978 World Cup squad.
"We were all members of the National Cyclists Union and wherever you went there would be hotels and cafes where you could get a cup of tea for fourpence," said George, who was 89 when originally speaking in 2002.
Getting as little as fourpence a pint for their milk.
Fourpence is charged for a motor cycle or motor cycle combination for a period of four hours, but if a severely disabled ex-Serviceman desires to park his motorised tricycle he is charged ninepence for the same period.
The usual assortment of owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff, sure, and it's hats off to that, if racing for fourpence ha'penny, a bag of carrots (optional) and mild frostbite can be filed under 'benefit'.
On average, they put aside five shillings and fourpence (27p) a week - equivalent to 1.5% of their total weekly expenditure.
Incidentally the train ride to town was then, I think, fourpence, and twopence for me, and a similar amount by train from Stratford Station.
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