in for a penny, in for a pound

1695 E. RAVENSCROFT Canterbury Guests v. i. It concerns you to..prove what you speak... In for a Penny, in for a Pound.

1815 SCOTT Guy Mannering III. vii. Sampson..thought to himself, in for a penny in for a pound, and he fairly drank the witch’s health in a cupfull of brandy.

1841 DICKENS Old Curiosity Shop II. lxvi. Now, gentlemen, I am not a man who does things by halves. Being in for a penny, I am ready as the saying is to be in for a pound.

1979 P. NIESEWAND Member of Club viii. ‘Do you want to go and have a look, sir?’.. ‘Why not?.. In for a penny, in for a pound.’

2001 Oldie Nov. 66 Have you ever suggested that you take the children away for a few days or even a week—in for a penny, in for a pound—after Christmas or near their birthdays?


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  • in for a penny, in for a pound — There is no point in half measures • • • Main Entry: ↑penny * * * in for a penny, in for a pound informal phrase used for saying that you intend to finish doing something that you have started, or intend to do it thoroughly Thesaurus: expressions …   Useful english dictionary

  • in for a penny, in for a pound —    If something is worth doing then it is a case of in for a penny, in for a pound, which means that when gambling or taking a chance, you might as well go the whole way and take all the risks, not just some.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • In for a penny, in for a pound. — In for a penny, (in for a pound). British & Australian something that you say when you have decided to become very involved in an activity, and to put a lot of money or effort into it. I ve put all my savings into this new venture. In for a penny …   New idioms dictionary

  • in for a penny, in for a pound — If something is worth doing then it is a case of in for a penny, in for a pound, which means that when gambling or taking a chance, you might as well go the whole way and take all the risks, not just some …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • in for a penny, in for a pound — ► in for a penny, in for a pound willing to see an undertaking through, however much this entails. Main Entry: ↑penny …   English terms dictionary

  • In for a penny, in for a pound —   If something is worth doing then it is a case of iIn for a penny, in for a pound, which means that when gambling or taking a chance, you might as well go the whole way and take all the risks, not just some …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • in for a penny, in for a pound — expressing an intention to see an undertaking through, however much time, effort, or money this entails. → penny …   English new terms dictionary

  • in for a penny, in for a pound — informal used for saying that you intend to finish doing something that you have started, or intend to do it thoroughly …   English dictionary

  • in for a penny in for a pound — there s nothing to lose, don t start something you can t finish …   English contemporary dictionary

  • penny — ► NOUN (pl. pennies (for separate coins); pence (for a sum of money)) 1) a British bronze coin worth one hundredth of a pound. 2) a former British coin worth one twelfth of a shilling and 240th of a pound. 3) N. Amer. informal a one cent coin. ●… …   English terms dictionary

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