in addition to the most popular combs. listed separately below, there are a number of terms listed at the relevant n. (e.g. not worth a bumper under bumper n.4 ), plus a number of less common phrs. are listed below here, all meaning worthless, useless (and occas. used without ‘not’ to mean the same thing), e.g. that’s worth a whoop in hell; see also the adv. phrs. listed at worth a... phr.; examples are listed alphabetically rather than by date and the dating for these combinations can be anything from mid-16C to 1990s+.
‘Bashe Libel’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 76: But will you know what Bashe I mean? / (Or else wear not worth a beane).
‘Martin Marprelate’ Cuthbert Curry-Knaues Alms E: Ale is not worth a button, if it be too stale.
G. CaseyIt’s Harder for Girls 126: ‘He’s got guts, anyway,’ said Sayers. ‘I didn’t think he was worth a cracker.’.
T.A.G. HungerfordRiverslake 221: Any man without some sort of loyalty to whoever pays his wages isn’t worth a cracker.
...a dodkin (also...dotkin)
LylyMother Bombie II ii: Without Halfpenie all my wit is not woorth a dodkin.
Swift ‘Mrs. Harris’s Petition’ in Chalmers Eng. Poets XI (1810) 373/1: ’Tis not that I value the money three skips of a louse].
(con. mid-19C) E.D. Spencer Gold Country 95: Although there are good things come up from Old Taos, / Its whiskey ain’t worth three skips of a louse.
(con. c.1700) J.I. Cooper Ontario’s First Century 102: Secure in such powerful backing, Nixon could afford to declare that it was ‘not worth three skips of a louse’ for him to curry favour with his subordinates.