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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.
See also: cheese, four, like, pence

not give twopence

To not give in the slightest (about something or someone). Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I don't give twopence how you get it done, just make sure the deed to that estate is in my possession within a fortnight! I know that Jeremy has a crush on me, but to be honest I couldn't give twopence for him.
See also: give, not, twopence

not care twopence

To not care in the slightest (about something or someone). Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I don't care twopence how you get it done, just make sure the deed to that estate is in my possession within a fortnight! I know that Jeremy has a crush on me, but to be honest I couldn't care twopence for him.
See also: care, not, twopence

not matter twopence

To not matter in the slightest; to be totally unimportant. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. It doesn't matter twopence how you get it done, just make sure the deed to that estate is in my possession within a fortnight! She doesn't come from an upper class background, but it wouldn't matter twopence whether she were the Queen of Sheba or a beggar in the street: I love her, and that's all I care about!
See also: matter, not, twopence

take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves

You will always have money if you are attentive to your finances, especially the smallest amounts or transactions. Those little bits of money you spend here and there all add up and will drain your bank account in no time. Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
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Nonetheless, examples like Pence, Flake, Feeney, and Paul show there can be a healthy counterbalance to the incentive to spend freely, but it usually takes a lawmaker willing to sacrifice spending on principle.
RSC leader Pence agrees that politicians can be tighter with the public purse without harming their electoral prospects, particularly in districts where voters are philosophically predisposed to fiscal conservatism.
A case in point: The same night he was ushering through legislation that would cripple the current process for earmarking spending, Pence told me, "We need a Contract With America Renewed," He and other House conservatives liked the idea so much they proposed a bill by that name.
In the Irish Republic Hoggets are still making IR89 pence a pound.
PENCE, U of A and McGill will retain a royalty of 5 percent of the net sales revenue generated from the sale of products incorporating the unique Biosensor Technology, with annual minimum royalties due following the first commercial sale.
Helix has entered into strategic alliances with PENCE and PharmaDerm Laboratories through which the Company has obtained diagnostic, therapeutic, and drug delivery technologies.
8 pence and the Board has increased the interim dividend by 0.
o Proposed final dividend of 19 pence per share, bringing the total 1994 dividend to 27 pence, an increase of 15% over 1993.
The directors have recommended a final dividend of 19 pence per ordinary share which, together with the interim dividend of 8 pence already paid, will make a total distribution for the year of 27 pence per share (23.
An increase in our recommended final dividend to 19 pence per ordinary share results in proposed total dividends for 1994 of 27 pence per share, an increase of 15 per cent over 1993 in sterling terms, or 21% in Hong Kong dollars.