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    lost a quid and found a fiver

    Hi
    what does this phrase mean?

    to lost a quid and found a fiver.

    thanks.

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    #2

    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi
    what does this phrase mean?

    to lost a quid and found a fiver.

    thanks.
    Not a teacher

    It means that you have lost something, but have found something better to replace what you lost. In the old days a pound was worth quite a bit, and you would be devastated if you lost it, but to then find five pounds, which in some cases was more than a weeks wages, would have been an absolute stroke of good luck.


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    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi
    what does this phrase mean?

    to lost a quid and found a fiver.

    thanks.
    quid = 1 pound
    fiver = 5 pounds

    I think you can figure out the rest yourself.

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    #4

    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    thanks

    is it used just for speaking about money or it can be used about other things?

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    #5

    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    You could perhaps use it in this way: "John, you can't imagine what luck I had today. I thought that I was getting a good deal on my neighbour's used car, but he sold it to someone else. Then, my other neighbour decided that his Mercedes was just too old for him, and he wanted to get rid of it fast.............. it was just like losing a quid and finding a fiver!"

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    You could perhaps use it in this way: "John, you can't imagine what luck I had today. I thought that I was getting a good deal on my neighbour's used car, but he sold it to someone else. Then, my other neighbour decided that his Mercedes was just too old for him, and he wanted to get rid of it fast.............. it was just like losing a quid and finding a fiver!"

    I am not a teacher.
    I love that explanation.

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    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    Thanks................I had never heard of the expression, but like it.

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    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Thanks................I had never heard of the expression, but like it.
    Being very old, I had always heard it as "lost a tanner (sixpence) and found a shilling", but it is the same principal.

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    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Being very old, I had always heard it as "lost a tanner (sixpence) and found a shilling", but it is the same principal.
    And, that of course, should be principle!

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    #10

    Re: lost a quid and found a fiver

    thank you.

    I searched for this Idiom on the net but couldn't find anything.

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