Definition of halfpenny noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    noun (pl. halfpennies)
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  1. 1(also ha’penny)
    BrE BrE//ˈheɪpni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪpni//
    a British coin in use until 1971, worth half a penny. There were 480 halfpennies in a pound.
  2. 2
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːfpeni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːfpeni//
    (also halfpence
    BrE BrE//ˌhɑːfˈpens//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɑːfˈpens//
    a British coin in use between 1971 and 1984, worth half a penny. There were 200 halfpennies in a pound.
  3. 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

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