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SHILLING, Eng. law. The name of an English coin, of the value of one twentieth part of a pound. In the United States, while they were colonies, there were coins of this denomination, but they greatly varied in their value.

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Where would the like of me get five shillings except by the bounty of the rich and noble?
But if you will run back to the house where I lived, and fetch me my tinder-box, I will give you four shillings.
My long-bow 'gainst a plugged shilling that he would run and bellow lustily at sight of a quarter-staff.
To supply the demand, the General Court passed a law for establishing a coinage of shillings, sixpences, and threepences.
She put her hand in her pocket and took out the shilling, but the tears came with the sense of exhaustion and the thought that she was giving away her last means of getting food, which she really required before she could go in search of Arthur.
Because of the fifteen shillings and the five," they said solemnly.
You don't feel nearly so hard up with eleven pence in your pocket as you do with a shilling.
On eighteen shillings a week,' went on Jeanne, satirically, 'you would support a wife, yes?
Pay me that thou owest me in broad money, or else leave thy coat and bag and hammer; yet, I wot they are not worth ten shillings, and I shall lose thereby.
For a while she had kept both herself and the child on the twelve shillings a week that twelve hours' drudgery a day procured her, paying six shillings out of it for the child, and keeping her own body and soul together on the remainder.
It was worth six shillings to have a fender you could always tell that joke on," said Mr.
Fifteen shillings he wanted,' she cries, 'but what do you think I beat him down to?