- thirteenpence halfpenny.—_Old. 17th century._ “’Sfoot, what a witty rogue was this to leave this fair thirteenpence halfpenny, and this old halter,” intimating aptly— “Had the hangman met us there, by these presages Here had been his work, and here his wages.” _Match at Midnight._ The clothes of the culprit were also the hangman’s wages. See one of Lord Bacon’s aphorisms, beginning “A cursed page.”
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