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more kicks than halfpence

obsolete More abuse, insults, or harsh treatment than good treatment or rewards. Primarily heard in UK. As a cabbie on these streets, you're greeted with more kicks than halfpence at this hour of the night. Seeing that I would get more kicks than halfpence if I remained, I took my leave and absconded to the shore for a bit of merriment.
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two ha'pennies for a penny

dated Any money at all. Usually used in negative constructions. (A "ha'penny," or "halfpenny," was a British coin equal to half of a penny. It is no longer in circulation.) Primarily heard in UK. Give her some money, dear. The poor girl looks like she hasn't got two ha'pennies for a penny.
See also: for, penny, two
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more kicks than halfpence

more harsh treatment than rewards. informal, dated
See also: halfpenny, kick, more
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