- A short ton is the standard U.S. ton of 2,000 pounds and measures weight.
- Birth weight was recorded in pounds and ounces and converted into kilograms.
- Thus, using this value is a bit like rounding off your own weight to the nearest hundred pounds.
- The only exceptions to this convention are quotes in relation to the euro, the pound sterling and the Australian dollar - these three are quoted as dollars per foreign currency.
- The data will be required to be submitted on a quarterly basis and will be in the five major currencies of the world, viz., the US dollar, the yen, the Deutsche mark, the pound sterling, and the euro.
- For instance, a major reason for the damaging appreciations of the dollar and the pound sterling in the 1980s was tight monetary policy in the United States and United Kingdom respectively.
- He said coalition forces on the ground recovered numerous weapons, 2m Iraqi dinars and Syrian pounds, foreign passports and a satcom radio.
- More than seven million Egyptian pounds have been spent on updating it to prepare for privatisation.
- The north, he said, would continue with the dinar and south Sudan would adopt the new Sudan pound.
Old English pund, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch pond and German Pfund, from Latin (libra) pondo, denoting a Roman ‘pound weight’ of 12 ounces.
a pound to a penny British informal
- Used to emphasize one’s certainty about something: simply think of your budget and a pound to a penny we’ll have the car to suit itMore example sentences
- But a pound to a penny in old money, Fermanagh will come out on Saturday confident of polishing off Mayo and moving on to the All-Ireland final for the first time in their history.
- I will lay a pound to a penny that if he does reintroduce fees the money will be used not to beat educational disadvantage, but either to pay public service wages or to reduce total state spending.
- I'd lay a pound to a penny that the first time Woking council invoke their new powers it will not be to defeat a cunning plot by international terrorists...but in a dispute over hedges or car parking.
one's pound of flesh
- Something one is strictly or legally entitled to, but which it is ruthless or inhuman to demand.[with allusion to Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice]More example sentences
- If the city councillors decide to go ahead with demanding their pound of flesh, perhaps the central government could compensate by offering to honour its moral obligation by paying the rent on behalf of the embassies.
- But he will still demand his monthly pound of flesh.
- ‘The coalition partners will demand their pound of flesh when it comes to getting the best portfolios,’ said one observer.
- Aided by a donkey sanctuary welfare officer, he followed a trail that led him to animal pounds and fields in remote areas in the black of night.
- It is the animal pound's word against the neighbor's, and although I am guilty of not following the by-law, I hardly think that I deserve the heartache this has caused me.
- I couldn't put other people's animals in the pound.
- At 1930 he and many other vehicles that had been stopped were escorted by police to the pound in East London, where our bakkie was impounded.
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late Middle English (earlier in compounds): of uncertain origin. Early use referred to an enclosure for the detention of stray or trespassing cattle.