ten a penny

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ten a penny

British, informal
: very common
  • Thrillers are ten a penny these days.

Word by Word Definitions

ten play
  1. : a number that is one more than nine — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the 10th in a set or series

  3. : something having 10 units or members

penny play
  1. : a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to ¹/₂₄₀ pound but now equal to ¹/₁₀₀ pound

  2. : a similar monetary unit of any of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations — see pound at Money Table

  3. : a coin representing one penny

  1. : being a (designated) nail size


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