Turn an honest penny

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Turn an honest penny to earn money honestly
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. penig, oldest form pending, where pend=Eng. pawn, Ger. pfand, Dut. pand, a pledge, all which are from L. pannus, a rag, a piece of cloth.

Usage

In literature:

In fact, he seemed glad to turn an honest penny by boarding the small crew in charge of sluicing the logs.
"The Riverman" by Stewart Edward White
And thus I thrive in the fear of God, and manage to turn an honest penny.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He can turn an honest penny, and a good many of them.
"Gala-days" by Gail Hamilton
Where's the harm in turning an honest penny?
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
This social journalism was thin picking at best, and he had very few ways of turning an honest penny.
"The Titan" by Theodore Dreiser
Having seen his cousin safely off the premises, it had evidently occurred to him to turn an honest penny.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
His mother made him a liberal allowance, and he was beginning to turn an honest penny by literary work.
"Herb of Grace" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I may as well turn an honest penny as not.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
Other writers of less fame can turn an honest penny by providing popular literature of the heavier kind.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
We have no desire to dabble in murder, nor do we aspire to turn an honest penny by the minute description of bodily mutilations.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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