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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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A TORY MP who is set to enjoy a pay rise from PS87,000 to PS94,000, sparked outrage by claiming he must "watch the pennies".
He may be a pensioner, but he will not need to watch the pennies this winter with this money supplementing his state pension.
Chief executive Jim McCarthy rejected the idea that stores where everything costs PS1 are only thriving because millions of people are being forced to watch the pennies. He said: "We have been in existence for 23 years and the majority of that time the economy has been considered to be good."
MSPs must watch the pennies. But they must also see that an old folks' tsar would be money well spent.
With families battling to pay household bills and Tory cuts taking hold, two thirds of mums told a poll their offspring were aware they needed to watch the pennies.
Given reports that Jade's been dumped as creative director by posh jewellers Garrard, maybe she's having to watch the pennies herself.
The centre also predicts slow growth in household spending as cash-strapped families continue to watch the pennies.
He knows if you watch the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves.