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Fine as Fivepence

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The ancient Saxon shilling was a coin worth 5d. “To dress fine as fivepence” is to dress very smartly. The Saxon shilling was a far better coin than those made of tin, lead, and other inferior metals.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Filter
Fin
Finality John
Finance (French)
Finch Lane (London)
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Findon Haddocks
Findy
Fine Arts
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Finetor
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