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Meaning of "a bad penny" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A BAD PENNY

a bad penny play
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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A BAD PENNY

a bad lot
a bad patch
a bag of bones
a bag of cats
a beam in one´s eye
a bed of roses
a big ask
a big fish in a small pond
a bird in the hand
a bit
a bit much
a bit of
a bit of all right
a bit of slap and tickle
a bit thick
a bolt from the blue
a breath of fresh air
a bull in a china shop
A bursary
a capella

WORDS THAT END LIKE A BAD PENNY

a pretty penny
catchpenny
eightpenny
fivepenny
fourpenny
halfpenny
ha´penny
jenny
new penny
penny
scrapepenny
sixpenny
spend a penny
tenpenny
threepenny
truepenny
tuppenny
tuppenny-ha´penny
twalpenny
two a penny
twopenny

Synonyms and antonyms of a bad penny in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «a bad penny» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A BAD PENNY

Find out the translation of a bad penny to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a bad penny from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a bad penny» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

躲也躲不掉
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

una moneda falsa
570 millions of speakers

English

a bad penny
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक बुरा पैसा
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

بيني سيئة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

плохой пенни
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

um mau centavo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি খারাপ পেনি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

un mauvais sou
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Satu sen yang buruk
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

a bad penny
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

悪いペニー
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

나쁜 페니
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

A bad penny
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

một xu xấu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு மோசமான பைசா
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एक वाईट चांदीचे नाणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kötü kuruş
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

una cattiva penny
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zły grosz
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

поганій пенні
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un penny rău
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένα κακό δεκάρα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n slegte pennie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en dålig öre
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en dårlig krone
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a bad penny

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A BAD PENNY»

The term «a bad penny» is quite widely used and occupies the 43.485 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A BAD PENNY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a bad penny

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A BAD PENNY»

Discover the use of a bad penny in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a bad penny and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Bad Penny
Just like a bad penny. Jimmy Franks felt like a million dollars. He'd bought himself a change of clothes at WalMart,a burger,fries and a sixpack of beer toenjoyon the road,and he was heading westinhis new ridewith a smile on his face. As much ...
Sharon Sala, 2012
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An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions
... turn their nose up, turn up, turn up for the books, turn up like a bad penny, turn up their toes, wait up, wake up and smell the..., what's up? and wrap you up and take you home. Up a gum tree Experiencing a problem with few or no solutions.
Ian Stuart-Hamilton, 2004
3
Motion Sickness
Sal says we'll meet again because he always turns up, like a bad penny. Sal thinks he's more than a bad penny, that he's bad, both the good bad and the bad bad, and his is a tortured, tortuous soul, as if he, like Raskolnikov, had committed a ...
Lynne Tillman, 2014
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Journal of a Tour and Residence in Great Britain, During the ...
|6Q LONDON-HOUSE OF COMMONS. one to Lord Nelson is composed of a colossal figure of Neptune lying down ; another great figure of a woman holding a small medallion of Nelson in her hand, " and looking at it as at a bad penny" ...
Louis Simond, 1815
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Paranoia on River Road
The same basket case who always turned up like a bad penny. The same one who last year turned up as a professor in the psychology department in the same building at the same university where Doug taught sociology. The same basket ...
Terry Rich Hartley
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Besieged
... isn't a bad penny,” Fortune said indignantly. “He is a man of strong principles.” “ Unfortunately my principles are not those of my stepmother,” Kieran.
Bertrice Small, 2003
7
No Sacred Place: Bad Faith, Lies, and Illusions
... for employment the issue of my relationship with the Church always came up like a bad penny because I had a degree in theology. This degree in theology was like a mill stone around my neck. Referrals were made to Lord Fokker and my ...
Ivan Hugh Walters, 2011
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The Travellers: Book I, While Weeping Lasts
“I also know from him that I shouldn't be too hard on myself. Still, when I said that about being a bad penny, that's what I meant.” “Oh, now, Jim, I doubt that there is even so much as an ounce of bad—luck or otherwise—that resides in you.
James R. Poyner, 2011
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Dance of the Crippled Angel
I often feel like I'm a bad penny in his life. I tell him if he left me he would be better off. I tell him how much better my ex husband James has done since we divorced. I tease him about it often. At times, I'm afraid to show Franklin just how much I ...
Diane M. Reaves, 2010
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The Bad Penny
I knew you'd turn up again, like a bad penny.' For Patty a weary vista of detentions and circumscribed meals stretched ahead. She had expected to be hauled up before Matron, but on this occasion, at least, she was spared that fate. Laura told ...
Katie Flynn, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A BAD PENNY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a bad penny is used in the context of the following news items.
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Random Thoughts | Penny a symbol of hope that shines
Not a bad penny, it just has well-earned scars. So, when I was feeling a little bruised myself a few days ago, when I thought I couldn't take another kick, I saw it. «Columbus Dispatch, Jun 15»
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'Penny Dreadful' Renewed: Showtime's Gothic Drama Will Return …
They say that a bad penny always turns up, but in the case of Showtime's critically acclaimed, BAFTA-winning gothic drama series "Penny Dreadful", it looks like ... «iSchoolGuide, Jun 15»
3
Turning up like a bad penny
Q: Why do we say people who we don't like tend to “turn up like a bad penny”? A: The phrase often is referred to as an unwelcome person who just won't go ... «Times Daily, Jun 15»
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JK Simmons on Returning for 'SNL 40′: 'I'm Like a Bad Penny — I …
J.K. Simmons was all smiles while on the red carpet for NBC's “Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special” Sunday, he told TheWrap. “I'm like a bad penny. «TheWrap, Feb 15»
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2014 Ford Mustang GT - Making Cents
The trunk houses a pair of Solo-Baric L7 subs (also surrounded in Alcantara, with a Bad Penny medallion), while mid-frequency KS drivers are tucked in the ... «Mustang 360, Dec 14»
6
This Greek tragedy could end in utter ruin
Like a bad penny, Greece keeps coming back to remind us of the folly of Europe's grand experiment in monetary union and the havoc it has created for a once ... «Yahoo Finance UK, Dec 14»
7
Like A Bad Penny: Methane on Mars
Like a bad penny, methane has turned up once again. You are reading this entry because NASA has just revealed at a press conference at the American ... «The Planetary Society, Dec 14»
8
Hong Kong protests may not stay in the streets, but “like a bad penny
The protesters “can't stay in the streets all the time. But we are not going to go away. Like a bad penny, I'll keep turning up. Many of us will keep turning up. «CNN, Dec 14»
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Do negative reviews have a right to be forgotten by Google?
If the bad review is the one that's most read, up it pops, like a bad penny. And it will go on doing that until the crack of doom. Thanks to the Internet, there's no ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Nov 14»
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Like a bad penny, discharged AT&T employee turns up years later …
The inclusion of a “no-rehire” provision in separation agreement is fairly commonplace. Likewise, a damages provision (including liquidated damages and ... «Lexology, Sep 14»

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