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PRONUNCIATION OF THRUPENNY BIT

thrupenny bit  [ˈθrʌpnɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF THRUPENNY BIT

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Thrupenny bit is a noun.
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WHAT DOES THRUPENNY BIT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Threepence (British coin)

The British threepence coin, usually simply known as a threepence or threepenny bit, was a unit of currency equaling one eightieth of a pound sterling, or three pence sterling. It was used in the United Kingdom, and earlier in Great Britain and England. Similar denominations were later used throughout the British Empire, notably in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The sum of three pence was pronounced variously THROOP-ence, THREPP-ence or THRUPP-ence, reflecting different pronunciations in the various regions and nations of the United Kingdom. Likewise, the coin was often referred to in conversation as a THROOP-nee, THREPP-nee or THRUPP-nee bit. Before Decimal Day in 1971 there were two hundred and forty pence in one pound sterling. Twelve pence made a shilling, and twenty shillings made a pound. Values less than a pound were usually written in terms of shillings and pence, e.g. forty-two pence would be three shillings and six pence, pronounced "three and six". Values of less than a shilling were simply written in terms of pence, e.g. eight pence would be 8d.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH THRUPENNY BIT


halfpenny
ˈheɪpnɪ
ha´penny
ˈheɪpnɪ
jeepney
ˈdʒiːpnɪ
stepney
ˈstɛpnɪ
thrupenny
ˈθrʌpnɪ
thruppenny
ˈθrʌpnɪ
tuppenny-ha´penny
ˈtʌpənɪˈheɪpnɪ
twopenny-halfpenny
ˈtʌpənɪˈheɪpnɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE THRUPENNY BIT

thru
thrum
thrum-eyed
thrummed
thrummer
thrumming
thrummingly
thrummy
thrupenny
thruppence
thruppenny
thruput
thrush
thrust
thrust bearing
thrust fault
thruster
thrustful
thrusting
thrustings

WORDS THAT END LIKE THRUPENNY BIT

a bit
bit by bit
brace and bit
centre bit
chafe at the bit
champ at the bit
countersink bit
curb bit
devil´s bit
do one´s bit
every bit
not a bit
snaffle bit
threepenny bit

Synonyms and antonyms of thrupenny bit in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «thrupenny bit» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF THRUPENNY BIT

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The translations of thrupenny bit from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «thrupenny bit» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

thrupenny位
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

poco thrupenny
570 millions of speakers

English

thrupenny bit
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

thrupenny सा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قليلا thrupenny
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

thrupenny немного
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

bit thrupenny
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

থ্র্যাপেনি বিট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

peu thrupenny
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sedikit thrupenny
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

thrupenny Bit
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

thrupennyビット
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

thrupenny 비트
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Thrupenny bit
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bit thrupenny
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முட்டாள்தனமான பிட்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

थ्रेटेनेनी बिट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Birazcık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

bit thrupenny
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

thrupenny nieco
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

thrupenny трохи
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

bit thrupenny
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

thrupenny bit
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

thrupenny bietjie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

thrupenny bitars
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

thrupenny bit
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of thrupenny bit

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «THRUPENNY BIT»

The term «thrupenny bit» is used very little and occupies the 182.523 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «THRUPENNY BIT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about thrupenny bit

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «THRUPENNY BIT»

Discover the use of thrupenny bit in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to thrupenny bit and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Conversations with Marco Polo
Then came the threepence, but of course the British never called it threepence, it was a thrupenny bit. And it was a tiny little silver coin, about 3/8 inch in diameter. It was awful. [Chuckling] We had to carry thrupenny bits in our diving pocket, ...
Mark Denny, Mark Denny & Joanna Lee Nelson, 2006
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MacMillan on Music: Essays by Sir Ernest MacMillan
A few gied less, but less gied mair Than thrupenny bit. The “thrupenny bit” was at that time the lowest silver coin minted and is said to have been invented to enable a Scot to feel generous. Returning to Canada in May, 1908, armed with an ...
Carl Morey, 1997
3
Reelin' in the Years: The Soundtrack of a Northern Life
The thrupenny bit was referred to as a 'joey', a sixpence was a 'tanner', a shilling was known universally as a 'bob' and a two-shilling piece was a florin. Combinations of these would weigh down the pockets of my grey shorts for years to come, ...
Mark Radcliffe, 2011
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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes: A Memoir of Dublin in ...
He threw the pipe cleaners onta the high counter, an I jumped upantook them, anputdown the thrupenny bit. He threw the money inta the cardboard boxhe keeps fer his money an walked away. I waited. 'Here,Mister! I want me penny change.
Martha Long, 2012
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More Friends Than You Know
A straight back and hands were imperative and an aid that she insisted on using to achieve this - was the thrupenny bit. To those of you that are unfamiliar with this coin, the thrupenny bit was a twelve-sided coin, valued at three old pennies.
Lynn Quigley, 2007
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Billy
After checking the buckets the man passed us a sixpenny piece. 'Can you give us a thrupenny bit and two pennies and two halfpennies instead ofthe sixpenny bit? Frankie asked. As wewalked home he pointed out my dad would not be able to ...
Bill Green, 2011
7
Room for Improvement
The coins went:- Farthing, Half Penny, Penny, Three penny coin (known as a thrupenny bit), Six penny coin (known as a Tanner), Shilling, Two Shilling piece ( Two Bob), Two Shillings and sixpence ( Half a Crown or Half a Dollar) and then on ...
8
It's a Long Way from Penny Apples
... thrupenny bit to the old spunkers, saying, "Now you're to get yourself a cup of tea with that." When Nanny Kelly would chastise her for giving the spunkers money to buy their methylated spirits, she'd just say, "Sure, he can't help it, it's his only ...
Bill Cullen, 2004
9
Gatwick Bear and the Secret Plans
Gatwick blinked. Arnold got slabs of ice from the North Pole and sold them to businesses all over the world; priced at affordable two shillings for big slabs, one shilling for medium slabs, sixpence for small slabs, and a thrupenny bit for a cube .
Anna Cuffaro, 2011
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The Christmas Pudding
How much money in his pocket? Just a thrupenny bit or two jangling at the bottom. 'A talking to yourself again, Mr. Newbigging?' said a voice, which startled him. 'Chauncey,' he replied, recognizing an erstwhile work associate. 'Lucky you, 4 ...
Alfred Allen, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «THRUPENNY BIT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term thrupenny bit is used in the context of the following news items.
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How Hungarian GP practice unfolded
Sebastian Vettel has had a bit of trouble getting to grips with his Ferrari on this circuit as he spins again, this ..... All a bit "thrupenny bit", as Ben Edwards puts it. «BBC Sport, Jul 15»
2
Danny Hall Column: 'Loyalty' a thing of the past in cut-throat industry …
footballers have chased the farthings, shillings and thrupenny bits. ... The same Liverpool, remember, who offered Gerrard a bit-part deal when it became clear ... «The Star, Jul 15»
3
A kaleidoscope of colourful memories from fields around the …
The chapel collection taken by a senior member of the congregation. My thrupenny bit resting on the shiny shilling pieces, the shiny florin and the half a crown. «Western Morning News, Dec 14»
4
Celtic 2 Astra Giurgiu 1: Late goals paper over cracks
Everything looked better when he rose to meet a subsequent Lustig cross, but that came flying off his thrupenny bit head too. Stokes didn't offer enough menace ... «Herald Scotland, Oct 14»
5
We Are Shining's Hot Love: this week's best new track
At the risk of sounding like Danny Dyer during a late night show on Debden FM, there's no fucking about with this one, you lowlife thrupenny bit, get your norks ... «The Guardian, Sep 14»
6
Frontier complete bug-hunting contract in Elite: Dangerous standard …
While our own universe will eventually shrink to the size of a thrupenny bit, Frontier's version of space only pushes further outwards. Elite: Dangerous docked at ... «PCGamesN, Aug 14»
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Re-discovering loved ones' tins takes the lid off memories not dulled …
Sometimes, it is the ordinary event that can turn into something that little bit special .... In a Brymay matchbox on cotton wool, the thrupenny bit I had swallowed at ... «Western Morning News, Jul 14»
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Budget 2014 offered up plenty for pensioners but ZILCH for the …
You're about to pass a Budget not just for the old and rich but for every young person who agrees with Russell Brand. That you don't give a shiny, thrupenny bit ... «Mirror.co.uk, Mar 14»
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City Diary: Mulberry boss packed his bags in haste
Is the Chancellor aware of the Cockney rhyming slang for the old thrupenny bits that his new, “resilient” £1 coin resembles? If not, here's the former choirboy ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Mar 14»
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Thrupenny bit to replace round pound (but only if we vote No)
The new coin will have the same shape as the old 12-sided three pence piece, known in pre-decimalisation days as the "thrupenny bit". The current £1 coin has ... «Herald Scotland, Mar 14»

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