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n. Chiefly British
Variant of twopence.


Brit a variant spelling of twopence


(ˈtʌp əns, ˈtuˌpɛns)

also tuppence

n., pl. -pence, -pen•ces for 2,3.
1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Brit. a sum of two pennies.
2. a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued after decimalization in 1971.
3. a former copper coin of Great Britain, equal to two pennies, issued under George III.
4. a trifle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tuppence - a former United Kingdom silver cointuppence - a former United Kingdom silver coin; United Kingdom bronze decimal coin worth two pennies
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money


n (Brit) → zwei Pence; I don’t care tuppence (inf)das interessiert mich nicht für fünf Pfennig (inf), → das ist mir doch so egal (inf)
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And then they inspect the penny peep-show--at least Tom does-- while old Benjy stands outside and gossips and walks up the steps, and enters the mysterious doors of the pink-eyed lady and the Irish giant, who do not by any means come up to their pictures; and the boa will not swallow his rabbit, but there the rabbit is waiting to be swallowed; and what can you expect for tuppence? We are easily pleased in the Vale.
"That's 'im that the lady kissed, and that gev me tuppence and threatened to drownd me."
And he called me and gev me tuppence, and sez, 'You go to the devil,' he sez, 'and don't tell no one you seen me here, or else,' he sez, 'I might be tempted to drownd you,' he sez, 'and wot a shock that would be to your parents!
She's not worth tuppence on it if any kind of a sea kicks up, and it's ripe for a nor'wester any moment now.
Bardell; I had been out with a little basket, gentlemen, to buy three pound of red kidney pertaties, which was three pound tuppence ha'penny, when I see Mrs.
She don't value me, not tuppence." "Say not so," says Gentleman, sympathetic.
`Tuppence', an' mother she began fumblin' in her pocket an' she says to me, `Martha, tha's brought me thy wages like a good lass, an' I've got four places to put every penny, but I'm just goin' to take tuppence out of it to buy that child a skippin'-rope,' an' she bought one an' here it is."
Now I knew she was used to receiving about a penny from manly people who care nothing about the opinions of scullery-maids, and about tuppence from moral cowards; but I laid a silver twenty-five cent piece within her reach and tried to shrivel her up with this sarcastic speech:
1900: London Underground's Central Line was opened by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) with a flat rate of tuppence for all destinations.
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Narrated by Tuppence Middleton, the acclaimed Caledonia Novel Award 2018 winner runs for just short of 11 delicious hours.