One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1attributive Costing or worth three pence, especially before decimalization (1971).
- ‘I vividly remember the threepenny lucky dips (a barrel filled with straw and some wrapped treasures) where you could hardly wait to open your surprise.’
- 1.1 Trifling or paltry; of little worth.‘a threepenny production’
- ‘Lloyd George felt much the same about The Times which was, he said scornfully, merely a threepenny edition of the Daily Mail.’
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