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penny

1. (in Britain) a bronze coin having a value equal to one hundredth of a pound
2. (in Britain before 1971) a bronze or copper coin having a value equal to one twelfth of a shilling or one two-hundred-and-fortieth of a pound
3. a former monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland worth one hundredth of a pound
4. (in the US and Canada) a cent
5. a coin of similar value, as used in several other countries

penny, penny-size

1. A unit denoting the length of a nail; for the common nail, and others which have been standardized, it also is an indication of the shank and head diameter.
2. (Abbr. d) A suffix indicating the size of a nail; the size specifies the length of the nail and the number of nails per pound, e.g., a 2d nail is 1 in. long and there are 875 per pound.

penny

finding one by chance in street brings good luck. [Western Folklore: Misc.]
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This race is tailor-made for an unexposed improver and Pretty Penny fits the bill.
But with so many customers, BT must make a pretty penny from this rounding-up policy - and I believe it should be challenged.
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We all know footie fans are a passionate bunch, often prepared to pay a small fortune to follow their team, and memorabilia signed by their heroes can sell for a pretty penny.
Aardman Animations said they hoped Pretty Penny, designed in the same way as the famous duo, will encourage the public to become more energy efficient.
His facelift was done for free in March 1987 but still cost his owners a pretty penny.
Hobbyists today can spend a pretty penny working on their complicated designs.
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Yes, it's going to cost a pretty penny to junk the remodeling plans at all 707 of the chain's stores, but why bother fighting a battle that is already lost?
But it was eventually sold for a pretty penny, like the school will be.