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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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turn on a sixpence

1. To turn quickly or with agile precision, especially with limited room to maneuver. Primarily heard in UK. The steering is so good on this car that you can turn on a sixpence, even at high speeds. The striker turned on a sixpence, leaving the defender flailing past her.
2. By extension, to change focus, activity, opinion, or behavior very suddenly or abruptly. Primarily heard in UK. He's usually a nice guy, but his temper can turn on a sixpence sometimes. Politicians have no loyalty to their causes—they'll turn on a sixpence if it means they'll get more votes.
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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 .
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Mr Sixpence also told the council that the recruitment committee for poll staff had been set up and was ready to execute its duties.
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While Hughes, who himself is banned from this Saturday (October 16) for six days, drew a blank in Sussex yesterday, Hanagan scored a comfortable victory in the Bet At Bluesq.com Median Auction Maiden Stakess aboard the Mick Quinlan-trained Celtic Sixpence (2-1).
At sixpence per day, a soldier earned little more than 9 pounds per year, which was about a pound more than a servant girl earned, though she too enjoyed accommodation and food.
Sweets were threepence for 20oz, and some chocolate bars were fourpence or sixpence.
Sing a song of sixpence their fingers in the pie, Lots and lots of MPs lived onhoghigh, Whenthe piewas broken the birds beganto sing, Itwas in the rules they cry I won't pay back a thing.
WHEN I was a kid and a tooth fell out, the tooth fairy would leave a shiny silver sixpence - that's less than three pence in today's money.
Leigh Nash was the driving force behind Sixpence None the Richer, the Christian rock outfit that had significant hits with "Kiss Me" and "There She Goes." The band broke up in 2004 after being together for 13 years.
The Plan, published in book form (priced at 12 shillings and sixpence), was a triumph of synthetic thinking, allied to clear statements of aspiration, and an admirable use of English, admittedly that of the administrative class, but devoid of jargon and cliche.
Subsequently, she choreographed both the Broadway and film productions of "The Music Man," "Marne," and "1776", as well as Broadway tuners including "h'ma LaDouce," "Gigi," "Half a Sixpence," "Goodtime Charley," and "The American Dance Machine." Films included "Bye Bye Birdie," "The Great Waltz" and "Pete's Dragon."
Cheltenham's Cross Country course is 3m 7f and the fences are much less stiff, but you need a handy sort and Registana (right) turns on a sixpence.
Sixpence None the Richer, whose "Breathe Your Name" won a Dove Award this year for best modern or alternative rock song, will play Aug.
London drivers were upset about the price of parking around the city -- they resented having to pay sixpence at a cinema, a shilling at a railway station, plus sixpence for an hour or a shilling for two hours at a parking meter.