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earn (or turn) an honest penny

Definition of earn or turn an honest penny in English:

Earn money fairly.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • They are a prime example, having never earned an honest penny in their miserable lives.
  • 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.
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