in for a penny, in for a pound

Definition of in for a penny, in for a pound

British

  1. —used to say that a person should finish what he or she has started to do even though it may be difficult or expensive “If you want to quit, I'll understand.” “No, I'm sure we can do this. In for a penny, in for a pound.”

Word by Word Definitions

pennyplay
  1. :  a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 1240 pound but now equal to 1100 pound

    :  a coin representing one penny

    :  denarius

poundplay
  1. :  any of various units of mass and weight

    :  the basic monetary unit of the United Kingdom —called also pound sterling

    :  the basic monetary unit of Ireland from 1921 to 2001

  1. :  an enclosure for animals

    :  a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed animals

    :  a depot for holding impounded personal property until redeemed by the owner

  1. :  to reduce to powder or pulp by beating

    :  to strike heavily or repeatedly

    :  to inculcate by insistent repetition :  drive

  1. :  an act or sound of pounding


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