One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Earn money fairly.
- ‘‘I regret that I did not publish them myself and turn an honest penny,’ he complained.’
- ‘I very well could have kept turning an honest penny by teaching Greek philosophy.’
- ‘But she said nothing about Mrs. Moore, and I supposed she'd be the usual bustling country housewife who takes in boarders to earn an honest penny.’
- ‘However, it was his proud boast that he was seldom out of work and was prepared to do almost anything that would earn an honest penny.’
- ‘The only offer he got was from a fellow-lodger, a young man who earned an honest penny by playing a tin whistle on the streets.’
- ‘In his early years he also sold a variety of articles like accordions, concertinas and mouth-organs, costume accessories and polish - anything indeed which would turn an honest penny.’
- ‘As a rule they were conducted by enterprising men who were not only anxious to turn an honest penny, but to serve the best interests of the people as well.’
- ‘They apologised for being out at Christmas; they knew that Whitsun was the proper time, but work was slack and they thought there would be no harm in earning an honest penny.’
- ‘Shakespeare, Scott, Austen etc were primarily concerned with turning an honest penny, and probably didn't care what the critics thought as long as the public bought the books or theatre tickets.’
- ‘They are a prime example, having never earned an honest penny in their miserable lives.’
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