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on a sixpence

In an instant; very quickly, rapidly, or abruptly. Primarily heard in UK. He's usually a nice guy, but his temper can turn on a sixpence sometimes. The steering is so good on this car that you can turn on a sixpence, even at high speeds.
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turn on a sixpence

1. Literally, of a vehicle, to turn or be able to turn very quickly. Primarily heard in UK. The steering is so good on this car that you can turn on a sixpence, even at high speeds.
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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