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not have a penny to bless oneself with

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]
Example sentences
  • 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
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