Definition of sixpence in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪksp(ə)ns/


1A coin worth six old pence (2 1/2 p), withdrawn in 1980.
Example sentences
  • And six coins were recovered including a florin, a sixpence, two pennies and two half pennies.
  • Haig separated half-crowns, sixpences and other redundant coins out of the pile, then he began to sort the rest into £1 units.
  • In 1980, the government announced the withdrawal of the sixpence coin on June 30th.
1.1The sum of six pence, especially before decimalization (1971).


on a sixpence

British informal Used to refer to a manoeuvre that can be performed by a moving vehicle or person within a small area or short distance: the car stops on a sixpence
More example sentences
  • This tank-like thing was almost impossible to drive and I had to follow the camera car, stop on a sixpence and act at the same time.
  • The steering is beefy, the turn-in very sharp, the brakes can stop you on a sixpence, and the acceleration is just mind blowing.
  • No doubt they will teach me how to be graceful on the snow, how to slalom with the best of them and how to stop on a sixpence.

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