Definition of not have a penny to bless oneself with in English:
dated Be completely impoverished.
[alluding to the cross on an old silver penny or to the practice of crossing a person's palm with silver for luck]
- After I got out of jail without a penny to bless myself with, as they say there, one of the girls took me under her wing, but the place she brought me turned out to be - surprise surprise - a whorehouse.
- Unfortunately, I don't have a penny to bless myself with right now... so I'm asking blighters to step up to the plate.
- Back at teachers college, when I was just discovering the wonderful world of bows and arrows but barely had a penny to bless myself with, I managed to buy a cheap and nasty, and very old, Hoyt Spectra 3000 compound bow