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    Default Pretty penny

    You can check your answer with the definition here.

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    I thought It was cheap...:(

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    I rightly thought that it was expensive but I didn't think 'very'.
    One meaning that came to my mind was 'an honest living'. Probably because of 'an honest penny' or 'turn up an honest penny'.
    Are they really idioms or just 'a fig of my imagination'?

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    Default Re: Pretty penny

    A Pretty Penny has the same meaning as An Arm And A Leg -- Very expensive.

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    Thanks, maybe i can improve my idiom vocabulary in this way..... Its difficult to remember.....

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    really? I have not found till now!

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    Default Re: Pretty penny

    My answer was right

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    Default Re: Pretty penny

    Just a thought and only a thought, no concrete bases to say this is a fact.

    Being a past collector of coins I would consider a "pretty penny" as an uncirculated coin with no blemishes and having distinct stampings. Coins that have not been circulated is always desired by collectors since they have greater wealth attached to them. The coin is usually always worth more than its face value. And who would have with them such a coin? Certainly not the common folk of old but those who had the opportunity to mingle around those in financial institutions, which I believe were off limits to those without wealth and some level of standing within the community.

    Again, just my thoughts.

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