Definition of be two (or ten) a penny in English:

be two (or ten) a penny


  • Be plentiful and consequently of little value:

    ‘princes used to be two a penny in Hungary’
    • ‘Albums of old classics by rising young singing stars are ten a penny - but this one is worth opening your purse for.’
    • ‘Museums of modern art are two a penny in contemporary-art land.’
    • ‘If anything, I'm surprised at how much action they do show, but I guess that's because all these swinging shots are ten a penny now, and I have a feeling there's more good stuff in store.’
    • ‘In Europe, cable-cars are almost two a penny, but they are extremely rare in the USA.’
    • ‘Because by the time I go on a honeymoon, space flights will be ten a penny.’
    • ‘In capitalism's 700-year history, financial scandals are two a penny.’
    • ‘Ghosts, goblins, fairies, sprites seem to be two a penny in Skye.’
    • ‘Novelty bands are ten a penny, as even the most cursory glance at the charts on either side of the Atlantic will show you.’
    • ‘Opinions are ten a penny, everybody has their favourite reasons which are far short of the truth.’
    • ‘His superiors, knowing that boys his age were two a penny, did not even bother to follow him.’
    numerous, abundant, thick on the ground, profuse, plentiful, prolific, copious, legion, innumerable, countless, infinite, numberless
    in large numbers, by the gross, in strength, by the yard
    very common, widespread, Popular, universal, ubiquitous
    myriad, innumerous, manifold
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