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Meaning of "a pretty penny" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A PRETTY PENNY

a pretty penny play
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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A PRETTY PENNY

a nail in one´s coffin
a name to conjure with
A number 1
a piece of crumpet
a piece of goods
a pig in a poke
a pop
a posteriori
a pox on someone
a pressurized environment
a priori
A road
a run for one´s money
A series
A shares
a shingle short
a shot across someone´s bows
a shoulder to cry on
a sight
a sight for sore eyes

WORDS THAT END LIKE A PRETTY PENNY

a bad 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 pretty penny in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «a pretty penny» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A PRETTY PENNY

Find out the translation of a pretty penny to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a pretty 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 pretty penny» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

一个漂亮的一分钱
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

un ojo de la cara
570 millions of speakers

English

a pretty penny
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक बहुत पैसा
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

جميلة بيني
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

в копеечку
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

um centavo bonita
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি চমত্কার পেনি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

une somme rondelette
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Satu sen yang cantik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein hübsches Sümmchen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

かなりの金額
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

예쁜 페니
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

A penny sing cantik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một penny đẹp
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு அழகான பைசா கூட
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एक सुंदर पेनी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Güzel kuruş
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

un penny grazioso
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

całkiem grosza
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

в копієчку
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un penny destul de
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μια όμορφη πένα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n mooi pennie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en vacker slant
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en pen penny
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a pretty penny

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A PRETTY PENNY»

The term «a pretty penny» is very widely used and occupies the 9.589 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A PRETTY PENNY» OVER TIME

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

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A PRETTY PENNY»

Discover the use of a pretty penny in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a pretty penny and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Dictionary of Anglo-American Proverbs & Proverbial ...
To cost (make, turn) a pretty penny (APP 280; MP 483) 1885 "Then the Captain might still make a pretty penny on Amita," said the Scotchman. (p. 8) Harte, Bret. Drift from Two Shores: Maruja, By Shore and Sedge, Thankful Blossom. 1885.
George B. Bryan, Wolfgang Mieder, 2005
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Idioms in the News - 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples
According to widespread media reports, Simpson will reveal her big news, but only if a magazine pays her a pretty penny. —The Miami Herald (10/24/2011) If you ever wanted to spend a night at the “Jersey Shore” house, now you can, but it  ...
Peter Bengelsdorf
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At the Eleventh Hour: And Other Expressions about Money and ...
A PRETTY PENNY ideas to the student council. Landon suggested getting an outdoor Ping-Pong table for the playground.Juan thought that sounded great. He brought up the idea at the next meeting. The student council president said, “That  ...
Bridget Heos, 2012
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A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases: More Than 10,000 Idioms ...
Note: a) The expression is not antonymous in meaning to the phrase pretty penny , a—a fairly large amount of money: You can expect these tape decks to cost a pretty penny, although no price has been set as of yet. b) The expression is not ...
Yuri Dolgopolov, 2010
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Sea of Deception
A pretty penny.” “Oh.” He faced the wind again and felt a chill despite the sun's sting on his bare chest. He remembered what she'd said last night. That money was all lies. The boat had cost her a pretty penny, but to Helen a pretty penny was ...
Harlen Campbell, 2009
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Chambers concise dictionary
[Anglo- Saxon pening] ♢ a pretty penny ironica huge sum* That must have cost a pretty penny, in for a penny, in for a pound (often shortened to in for a penny) once involved, one may as well be totally committed, in penny numbers colloq in  ...
Ian Brookes, 2004
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English-Albanian Dictionary of Idioms
cost a pretty penny to cork your emotions up like that: you'd feel much better if you could 'let yourself go. ' cost a pretty penny kushton shume, kushton shtrenjt, kushton nje' djall (nje dreq) e gjysme □ Renovating that house will cost you a pretty ...
Ilo Stefanllari, 2000
8
The Hatstand
I was the first in the street to put up such a notice and I made a pretty penny before everybody else in the street put up similar ones, and I was responsible for that too, Tee hee!” she laughed, unable to suppress the pride and joy she felt at her ...
Michael Walsh, 2007
9
Oxford Thesaurus of English
noun 1 a pretty penny informal I bet this costs a pretty penny: a lot of money, a fortune, a considerable/vast sum of money, millions, billions, a king's ransom, a killing, a windfall, a bonanza; informal a small fortune, lots/ pots/heaps of money,  ...
Maurice Waite, 2009
10
Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
... as attractive. not a pretty sight not a pleasant spectacle or situation. informal a pretty kettle of fish: see KETTLE. a pretty penny a large sum of money. informal 1989 Russell Banks Afiliction You can probably get a pretty penny for that place in ...
John Ayto, 2010

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

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a pretty penny is used in the context of the following news items.
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San Francisco vacation visitors pay a pretty penny for lodgings
San Francisco already is one of the priciest U.S. cities for apartment renters and companies seeking office space. Now the area has a new ... «Northwest Arkansas News, Jul 15»
2
5 best and worst things to buy generic
... babies go through so many diapers each day -- not to mention each month -- the generic brand will do just fine and save you a pretty penny. «10TV, Jul 15»
3
Editorial: Jailing the poor
This system doesn't make anyone safer, but it does cost a pretty penny. As Chronicle reporter Brian Rogers wrote last week, each one of those ... «Chron.com, Jul 15»
4
Highway 25 toll bridge nets Quebec record $11.3 million in profits
PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS. The Quebec government is making a pretty penny from the Highway 25 toll bridge. Transport Quebec pocketed $11.3 ... «CJAD, Jul 15»
5
Has Inafune unleashed two more years of drama on the internet?
Between Bloodstained costing a pretty penny, Chroma Squad coming out and burning me to the whole idea very badly and in ways that Mighty ... «Destructoid, Jul 15»
6
5 Ways to Slash Your Tax Liability in Retirement
... as master-limited partnerships or real estate investment trusts -- MLPs and REITs -- could wind up saving you a pretty penny in retirement. «Motley Fool, Jul 15»
7
Pretty historic peninsula of Hunters Hill penetrates deep into …
Of course, purchasing your own piece of paradise will cost a pretty penny. House prices have risen 8 per cent over the past 12 months to a ... «Domain News, Jul 15»
8
Bills Mailbag: Building offensive chemistry a challenge
Sam Ruggiero says: “Re-signing Marcell Dareus will cost a pretty penny & cap space is extremely tight. What do the Bills need to do to make ... «Bills Blitz - The Buffalo News, Jul 15»
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Today's language lives in the pre-tech past of phone booths and …
Even today, renovations cost a pretty penny, just as bad pennies reappear, or the discommoded need to spend the same outdated coin. «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
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Police Enforce New 'Left Lane Passing Law' over Holiday
For the first time in Indiana going the speed limit could cost you a pretty penny. On I-70 eastbound a semi truck pulled into the left lane to avoid ... «MyWabashValley, Jul 15»

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