- 1As much as could be bought for a halfpenny: a halfpennyworth of fish and chipsMore example sentences
- Mary Ann Chapman threw a halfpenny on the table and said ‘Go and get a halfpennyworth of soap.’
- I then carried home my provision, and eat some more cheese with the other roll, and a halfpennyworth of apples by way of relish, and took a drink of water.
- ‘We never got a ha'porth's change of 'im’ - that is, we had to pay the full price for everything.
- 1.1 [usually with negative] (ha'p'orth) • informal A negligible amount: he’s never been a ha’p'orth of botherMore example sentences
- The environment should not be sacrificed for a ha'p'orth.
- If the House of Commons are absolutely determined to do this foolish thing, then what the Prime Minister says will not make a ha'p'orth of difference.
- Political balance on the Employers' Organisation has shifted marginally in the Tories' favour, but ‘is not going to make a halfpennyworth of difference to negotiating positions’, says an official.
don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar
- • proverb Don’t risk the failure of a large project by trying to economize on trivial things.[referring to the use of tar to keep flies off sores on sheep (from dialect pronunciation of sheep as ship)]More example sentences
- Please remember not to spoil the ship for a halfpennyworth of tar.
- There are no short-cuts in brightwork so take your time and don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar!
More definitions of halfpennyworthDefinition of halfpennyworth in:
- The US English dictionary