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PENNY. The name of an English coin of the value of one-twelfth part of a shilling. While the United States were colonies, each adopted a monetary system composed of pounds, shillings, and pence. The penny varied in value in the different colonies.

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This race is tailor-made for an unexposed improver and Pretty Penny fits the bill.
A pretty penny that can be spent on Liverpool children.
Pretty Penny, the legendary Nyack, New York estate of actress Helen Hayes, is offered for sale through Sotheby's International Realty in association with co-exclusive listing broker, Lydecker Realty of Nyack.
This episode features Ladd as Celeste Bauman, an eccentric chief executive officer of a vitamin and health food company who hires crack tax attorney Stuart Markowitz (Michael Tucker) when the Internal Revenue Service claims she owes a pretty penny in back taxes.
In the ecommerce industry, time to code is not a luxury and long development cycles are likely to cost you a pretty penny.
So deep breath, the list of so far purchased outerwear includes: | Yellow T-shirt that can be worn with trousers, skirt and pinafore dress | Gingham blue dress for summer | Red T-shirt for games with shorts or leggings | Optional hoodie, sweatshirt and blue cardigan Add in the new trainers, new shoes, school bag, stationery set, and obligatory gonk (if you so desire) then this costs not so much a pretty penny as an ugly pound.
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That's a pretty penny indeed - 15 million pennies for the asking price alone, not counting interest, taxes, the appliances, the utilities, the furniture, the repairs, the mop, the grass seed, the peg to hang your hat and all of that - all worth it, of course.
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It has been also revealed that the actress' appearance in the short advertisement came for a hefty pretty penny.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "The cockerel and five hens could fetch a pretty penny at local markets in the area, where they are likely to be sold for show purposes, rather than for the pot.
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