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28 / 09 / 2006

MORE PENNY EXPRESSIONS: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Yesterday we looked at the expression a penny for your thoughts. Today we will look at the meaning of three more expressions with penny in them.

Today's 1st expression is: in for a penny, in for a pound

It is used: to say that you intend to finish something that you have started, or that you intend on doing it thoroughly. Like "a penny for your thoughts," it is mostly used in conversation and is informal.

Example 1:
Janet: If you don't want to stay to finish the report, I'll understand. I can do it.
Frank: No no. In for a penny, in for a pound. I'm going to stay here until this is finished.

Today's 2nd expression is: not to have a penny to your name

It is used: to say that you have no money.

Example 2:
Louise: Hey. We're going to have a drink after work tonight. Would you like to come?
Lisa: I'd like to come, but I haven't got a penny to my name.
Louise: That's okay. I'll buy your drinks.

Today's 3rd expression is: penny-wise, pound foolish

It is used: to say that you are not willing to spend small amounts of money, but likely to spend large amounts for stupid or unimportant things.

Example 3:
He spends very little money on food during the week, then he spends all his money drinking at the weekends. He really is penny-wise, pound-foolish.

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I'll see you tomorrow.