Definition of ha’p’orth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈheɪpəθ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪpərθ//
[singular] (old-fashioned, British English, informal)
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  • a very small amount (in the past, an amount that could be bought for a halfpenny )
  • Idioms
    spoil the ship for a ha’p’orth/ha’pennyworth of tar
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    (saying) to spoil something good because you did not spend enough money or time on a small but essential part of it