ninepence


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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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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.
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).
To provide for this contingency, the Army followed the lead of the British Army, paying the troops an allowance of one shilling and ninepence per day on top of their standard pay to allow them to purchase additional food from the dry canteen or other outlets.
He tipped ninepence But the cabby, while he thanked him, looked askance As though to suggest someone had bummed a ride.
I took home three pounds and ninepence and my mother told me to take it back, they'd paid me too much'.
Early colonial prices were illustrated by the fact that ninepence would buy a quarter of venison.
And the cost of each tattie loaf was sixpence compared with the subsidised price of 'normal' bread which at that time was ninepence.
After his first week of work as an apprentice builder in 1955, he went straight home and gave his mum Margaret his wages - two pounds, 15 shillings and ninepence.
Dormanstown's cinema charged sixpence for a bench and ninepence for a seat.