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(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.
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"It was a confidence killer but John Thaw was terrific about it and the next day I came back and I was right as ninepence. It was probably one of the best scenes I've ever done as an actor."
"What about as right as ninepence? Where does that come from?" he said.
Neat as ninepence later became nice as ninepence and right as ninepence.
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.