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Shilling

1. In the United Kingdom, an informal term for a five pence coin. The term dates back to before decimalization, when a shilling was worth 1/20 of a pound. The term also persists with the same meaning for 1/20 of an Australian dollar.

2. The name of the currency in several Commonwealth countries.
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I bargained for ninepence, and what with the roller, and opening the soda water, and shoving them heavy tables about, there was a decomposition of tissue in me to the tune of two shillings.
The shoemaker's boy was very willing to earn four shillings, and fetched the tinder-box, gave it to the Soldier, and--yes--now you shall hear.
And for every twenty shillings that he coined, you will remember, Captain John Hull was entitled to put one shilling into his own pocket.
No, no," he said, gruffly, "never mind--put the shilling up again.
Here is your money--all shillings, except two half-crowns.
Some are hard up for a thousand pounds; some for a shilling.
At present, yes, it is true, I earn but eighteen shillings a week, but it will not always be so, no.
Six shillings a week does not keep body and soul together very unitedly.
four shillings for this remarkable collection of riddles with the et caeteras.
I'm thinking ten shillings was nearer what you paid.
I have one pound seventeen here, and two and six at the office; I can cut off my coffee at the office, say ten shillings, making two nine and six, with your eighteen and three makes three nine seven, with five naught naught in my cheque-book makes eight nine seven -- who is that moving?
Nose and ear ornaments of bone and turtle-shell he also rifled, as well as a chest-crescent of pearl shell, fourteen inches across, worth fifteen shillings anywhere.