Meaning of fourpenny one in English:

fourpenny one



informal British
  • A blow.

    • ‘I hit her such a fourpenny one that I sent her flying’
    • ‘Just don't ask us what the title means, or we'll catch you a fourpenny one with our cockroach - sorry, we mean typewriter.’
    • ‘Political attacks rev up as elections near, and for politicians the impact of fourpenny ones can sometimes trigger a heart attack.’
    • ‘It shot the pictures off the wall, the blankets off the bed, and managed to give Mike a couple of fourpenny ones as well.’
    • ‘I had this vision of the two locked together and the woodpecker giving him a set of fourpenny ones on the nose with that mighty bill of his.’