spend a penny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spend a penny eliminate urine "Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug"
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Quotations

  • Conrad Aiken
    Conrad Aiken
    “All lovely things will have an ending, All lovely things will fade and die; And youth, that's now so bravely spending, Will beg a penny by and by.”

Idioms

Spend a penny - (UK) This is a euphemistic idiom meaning to go to the toilet.
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Usage

In literature:

They'll never spend a ha'penny to give a poor chap a drop of beer, though he's dying of thirst.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
As they had not been able to spend a single penny since we had left Diamantino they had accumulated a considerable sum of cash.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
You take my word for it, sir, it takes a woman half an hour to spend a penny at a bookstall.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
Italians of that class know to a penny what they have sent home, what they have in the bank, what there is in their pockets to spend.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
In the evening a throng of the First Street children who had pennies to spend used to go up to the corner of Second Street and Avenue A.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
There'll be no law suits and he won't spend a penny.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Not a penny to spend!
"Skinner's Dress Suit" by Henry Irving Dodge
They sha'n't know I have a penny to spend.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Every pound they spend goes its full length, and not a penny is wasted.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
The Sale of Work took place in March, and though she had not a single penny to spend on it, she contributed excellent service in other ways.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
He beat her, he beat her, he beat her indeed, For spending a penny when she had need.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
He had a few pennies of his own, and he mentally resolved to spend these for raisins.
"The Boy Settlers" by Noah Brooks
I was like a lad with a new penny to spend.
"Latitude 19 degree" by Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
And every man will spend his penny What makes such a shot among a great many?
"A History of the Cries of London" by Charles Hindley
At present we do not spend a penny more than is quite necessary.
"A Humble Enterprise" by Ada Cambridge
She won't spend a penny; she lets it grow.
"An Ambitious Woman" by Edgar Fawcett
Dick won't let me spend a penny on living here.
"The Honour of the Clintons" by Archibald Marshall
Twopence to get and a penny to spend!
"Ovington's Bank" by Stanley J. Weyman
Be a good husband, and you will get a penny to spend, a penny to lend, and a penny for a friend.
"Dictionary of English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases" by Thomas Preston
I shall have to put in everything, but I shall do it without spending a penny.
"The Romance of His Life" by Mary Cholmondeley
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In poetry:

Take warning by Fred, and avoid for a friend
The man who would tempt you your savings to spend;
Don't waste your spare money in riotous pranks,
But put it in Penny, or Post-office Banks.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - III" by E W Bowling

In news:

There's spending a pretty penny to keep yourself looking sharp and/or beautiful at any expense, and then there's Azature's Black Diamond nail polish.
From putting pennies in the piggy bank to classroom instruction in how to balance a check book, the message is to spend and save thoughtfully.
Spend a penny , save a dollar.
After pledging not to spend a penny on his race, the National Republican Senatorial Committee helped Rep Todd Akin (R-Mo.
Another thing you may not now about me is I have a rather large collection of colognes, that I spend a pretty penny on.
But it didn't take long for Bazooka's atom- bubble to burst, perhaps because kids weren't willing to spend a nickel per package of six pieces of gum when other companies offered single pieces for a penny.
We all love free stuff — and the Internet is bursting with giveaways and coupons that let you nab cool things without spending a penny.
Adding a few pennies of tax per gallon could not possibly kill more jobs than cutting federal transportation spending by 30.
There's spending a pretty penny to keep yourself looking sharp and/or beautiful at any expense, and then there's Azature's Black Diamond nail polish .
Rand Paul's bait right now is a " penny plan" that would cut government spending by 1% each year for six years.
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