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(as) nice as ninepence

Very tidy, neat, and well-organized; in good order. After my kids made me breakfast in bed, I expected the kitchen to be a mess. But was I ever surprised to find the whole place as nice as ninepence when I came downstairs! James is so meticulous with his office, always keeping it nice as ninepence.
See also: nice, ninepence

(as) neat as ninepence

Very tidy, neat, and well-organized; in good order. After my kids made me breakfast in bed, I expected the kitchen to be a mess. But was I ever surprised to find the whole place as neat as ninepence when I came downstairs! James is so meticulous with his office, always keeping it neat as ninepence.
See also: neat, ninepence

(as) right as ninepence

Very tidy, neat, and well-organized; in good order. After my kids made me breakfast in bed, I expected the kitchen to be a mess. But was I ever surprised to find the whole place as right as ninepence when I came downstairs! James is so meticulous with his office, always keeping it right as ninepence.
See also: ninepence, right

no more than ninepence in the shilling

obsolete Having no or little intelligence or common sense. Primarily heard in UK. The fool, who is no more than ninepence in the shilling, took the natives' aggressive overtures as being an enthusiastic greeting to the colonists.
See also: more, ninepence, no, shilling

no more than ninepence in the shilling

of low intelligence. dated
Since the decimalization of the British coinage, this phrase has gradually fallen out of use, but there are numerous other humorous variations on the theme of someone not possessing their proper share of brains or intelligence, for example a sandwich short of a picnic (see sandwich).
See also: more, ninepence, no, shilling
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A pint of beer was ninepence (4p) and the average house price was pounds 1,751.
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.
"What about as right as ninepence? Where does that come from?" he said.
BEN: Well, if you like that better, you have only got to tuck your legs under you, and you'll swing off as nice as ninepence
And everyone now cherishes common ninepence! (2) Ogun owo maraye, aye figbe ta!
Scott, '"The billy cart" from "Come night, come ninepence"', School Magazine, 1 October 1948, p.
The new and first Vice-Chancellor, Dr Priestley, provided the Browsing Library with every issue of Penguin and Pelican books as they arrived from England in increasing numbers and sold in Australia for ninepence each.
By 1832 Queen Mab could be had for ninepence and a complete Don Juan for five shillings.
I have no idea, but the fact was, it was as right as ninepence, as confirmed by a clock expert who checked it out and cleaned it for us so that we could have it running without fear of damage to its movement.
Expanding on this notion, when "Nine" is included (with a capital "N") and by pooling together all derivatives of "nine" within Ulysses (e.g., "nineteen," "ninetynine," "ninefooter," "ninepence," and so forth), those taking time to indulge in such matters will find that these words appear fifty-four times: 5 + 4 = 9.
They sold them to you at ninepence for 13 copies - your profit was 4d.
Encourage Next came sugar, at 12oz per person, then meat, with everyone entitled to ninepence worth of meat a week.
Unfortunately, the sum of one shilling and ninepence remains unaccounted for in one infantry battalion's petty cash, and there has been a hideous confusion as to the number of jars of raspberry jam issued to one cavalry regiment during a sandstorm in western Spain.
He hardly deserved the final indignity, when a local publican put his broken body and parachute on show in his bar at ninepence a look.
"All levels of society were catered for, and this was reflected in the admission prices - boxes for four at 10/6d (52p), stalls one shilling (5p), circle ninepence (4p), the pit sixpence (2p) and gallery thruppence (1p).