virtually worthless, insignificant, paltry.
|Authentick Memoirs of Sally Salisbury 97: That proud Minx you seem to have such a Liking to [...] is little better by Extraction, than any of our Two Penny Thrums.|
|London Hermit (1794) 8: You damn’d twopenny poney-race.|
|Henry Esmond (1898) 372: I abdicate the twopenny crown.|
|Low-Life Deeps 268: They are but a poor twopenny lot of robbers.|
|Jack’s Courtship I 161: Old Hawke was a prig and a two-penny squatter.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Aug. 36/1: The band isn’t playing when the bullet gets him; and the bullet knocks the pose away, and leaves him a clawing mass of twopenny yells. There’s one lone and sorrowful thing about a dead man; you can’t offer him any of your breakfast.|
|Sporting Times 23 July 1/3: A reply re Longevity Jujubes / From the man with the twopenny ‘whiff.’.‘Longevity Jujubes’|
|Benno and Some of the Push 160: Look-in’ like the cockie talker from a tuppeny push.‘The Rivals’ in|
|Babbitt (1974) 28: Not one of those cheap sports flying around in twopenny cars.|
|Observer Screen 15 Aug. 3: Winston Churchill famously dismissed ITV as ‘that tuppeny Punch and Judy show.’.|
SE in slang uses
a loaf of bread.
|Tom and Jerry n.p.: I say, do you hear, let’s have a two-penny burster (loaf), half a quartern o’ bees vax, a ha’porth o’ ingens, and a dollop o’ salt along vith it, vill you?|
see damn n.
cheap dancehalls and the dances held at them.
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|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 34/2: The bunts is for the most part the gambling money, as well as the money for the ‘penny gaff,’ the ‘twopenny hop,’ the tobacco, and the pudding money of the boys.|
|Riverslake 188: A twopenny hop like that, and you’d think it was a slap-up ball at the Trocadero or something, the way he lapped it up.|
(UK tramp) a hostel, a casual ward.
|Pickwick Papers (1999) 213: The twopenny rope, Sir [...] is just a cheap lodging house, vere the beds is twopence a night.|
|Gaslight and Daylight 4: I have heard, too, of tramps’ lodging-houses, and of the ‘twopenny rope.’.|
|London Characters 349: I had seen the wretched herd of mudlarks, sewer-hunters, rag-pickers [...] huddled together of a night at a ‘twopenny rope.’.|
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 407: The ‘two-penny rope’ was a recognised institution amongst the more economically inclined.|
|Sporting Times 15 Oct. 2/3: My own little show, / Though it’s far from a ‘twopenny rope,’ / Is too small an apartment.‘Bedrooms’|
the London Underground.
|Sunderland Dly Echo 28 Dec. 6/2: A sight breakdown occurred on the Central London Railway (the Twopenny Tubs) this morning.|
|Daily Tel. 13 Oct. in (1909) 253/1: We have already, it is true the omnibus, the hansom, the four-wheeler, the tramcar, the underground railway, and the ‘two-penny tube.’.|
|Manchester Eve. News 28 Sept. 4/6: Suicide on the Twopenny Tube.|
|Sporting Times 27 May 1/5: Ye don’t mean to say as the railway-tunnels is lower than the Tuppenny Toob?|
|Teresa of Watling Street 179: ‘What ho!’ exclaimed the driver [...] ‘Kilburn, eh? What’s the matter with the Tuppenny Toob?’.|
see threepenny upright under threepenny adj.