on a sixpence

on a sixpence

1. With agile precision, especially with limited room to maneuver. Primarily heard in UK. The striker stopped on a sixpence, leaving the defender flailing past her. The steering is so good on this car that you can turn on a sixpence, even at high speeds.
2. In an instant; very quickly, rapidly, or abruptly. He's usually a nice guy, but his temper can turn on a sixpence sometimes.
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on a sixpence

(of a stop or turn) within a small area or short distance. British informal
The old sixpenny coin was one of the smallest in circulation in Britain prior to decimalization in 1971 .
See also: on, sixpence