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Meaning of "two a penny" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF TWO A PENNY

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TWO A PENNY

two
two bits
two o´clock
Two Oceans
two penn´orth
Two Sicilies
two solitudes
Two Thousand Guineas
Two-and-a-half International
two-bit
two-by-four
two-chamber system
two-colour process
two-cycle
two-cylinder
two-dimensional
two-dimensionality
two-dimensionally
two-door
two-edged

WORDS THAT END LIKE TWO A PENNY

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
twopenny

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

SYNONYMS

Translation of «two a penny» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TWO A PENNY

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

Translator English - Chinese

2一分钱
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

dos un centavo
570 millions of speakers

English

two a penny
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

दो एक पैसा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

اثنين من بنس واحد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

два пенни
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dois um cêntimo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দুই একটি পয়সা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

de deux pence
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Dua sen
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zwei Pfennig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

2ペニー
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

이 페니
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Rong dhuwit
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hai một xu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

இரண்டு ஒரு பைசா கூட
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

दोन पेनी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Iki kuruş
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

due un centesimo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dwagrosza
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

два пенні
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

doi un ban
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δύο μια δεκάρα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

twee ´n pennie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

två ett öre
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

to en krone
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of two a penny

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TWO A PENNY»

The term «two a penny» is normally little used and occupies the 145.007 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TWO A PENNY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «two a penny» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «two a penny» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

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

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TWO A PENNY»

Discover the use of two a penny in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to two a penny and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Chatterbox
Two a penny oranges !' That is all my cry. I have a little brother who is sick at home in bed, And mother has no money to buy a bit of bread, Father died long, long ago — he was a soldier brave, As long as he was spared to us we had no need ...
‎1867
2
London labour and the London poor: a cyclopaedia of the ...
When lemons are two a-penny in St. Georgc's-market, Oxford-street, as the long line of street stalls towards the western extremity is called——they are three and four a-penny in Petticoat and Rosemary lanes. Certainly there is a difference in ...
Henry Mayhew, 1851
3
A History of the Cries of London: Ancient and Modern
One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross-buns! If your daughters will not eat them, give them to your sons. But if you hav'nt any of those pretty little elves, You cannot then do better than eat them yourselves ; One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot ...
Charles Hindley, 2011
4
The Maids, Wives, and Widows' Penny Magazine, and Gazette of ...
If 'mid life's thorns some roses try To raise their heads, how soon they die; As quickly as my one-day's cry Of one-a-penny buns, two-a-penny buns, &c. Year after year hath flown away, And robb'd me of my maiden bloom ; Y«t shall I grieve , ...
‎1832
5
Jam Along Series: Fiddle Book 1
... Hot cross buns, hot cross buns one-a-penny two-a -penny hot cross buns. Hot cross buns, hot cross buns one-a-penny two-a -penny hot cross buns. 44 4 4 4 4 Hot cross buns, hot cross buns 2 1 0 one-a-penny two-a -penny hot cross buns.
Neal Crowley
6
The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms
... to reappear, esp frequently and/or unexpectedly: Any time there is the chance of free food, Andrew will turn up like a bad penny to make sure of his share. two a penny (derog) very common; of little value: Books like that are two a penny.
Elizabeth McLaren Kirkpatrick, C. M. Schwarz, 1993
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Discovering the Musical Mind: A View of Creativity as Learning
The middle figure, which goes with the words “One-a-penny, Two-a-penny,” is embodied and played by the second group of two bells. The ending figure returns back to the beginning figure again ( 6.1).2 BEGINNING Hot cross buns, hot cross  ...
Jeanne Bamberger, 2013
8
The Cliff Richard Recording Catalogue 1958-2010
With his version of Twist and Shout being released on the Two a Penny album the year before and with the sessions plundering the songs from that film's soundtrack and Established 1958, it was an obvious choice for inclusion with a German ...
Victor Rust, 2010
9
solivagant
... moment...in death...he defers...no more...or...in death...the moment...deferred him...cheering up again i see...hot cross buns...hot cross buns...one apenny two apenny...hot cross buns...hot cross buns hot cross buns...one a penny two a penny ...
Alastair Pelan
10
For playground, field and forest: the outdoor handy book
It is apparent that the following has been adapted by the boys for the purpose of a counting verse : One a penny bun, Two a penny bun, One a penny, two a penny; Out goes one ! And this : One a penny bun, Two a penny 254 Summer.
Daniel Carter Beard, 1936

3 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TWO A PENNY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term two a penny is used in the context of the following news items.
1
'One a Penny, Two a Penny, Hot Cross Buns' - traditional Hot Cross …
Throughout history, the bun has received credit for special virtues, among them that of ensuring friendship between two people sharing a bun. An old rhyme ... «IrishCentral, Feb 13»
2
Are exclusive private members' clubs simply two a penny now?
To get into the Ivy Club, you have to enter through a concealed entrance that masquerades as a florist, and then into a glass lift that gives you access to the Willy ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jan 11»
3
How did hot cross buns become two a penny?
Hot cross buns were once an Easter treat, toasted and buttered or enjoyed cold, but now people are eating them in large numbers all year round. But what's their ... «BBC News, Apr 10»

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