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pound (£)

the standard monetary unit of the UK. See CURRENCY. STERLING.

pound

the standard CURRENCY unit of the UK and a number of other countries, mainly current and former members of the British Commonwealth. When used in international transactions, the UK pound is referred to as STERLING to distinguish it from other country's pounds, such as the Lebanese or Egyptian pound.
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"What name stop four tens pounds and seven fella pounds?" Nau-hau demanded, his tongue, but not his brain, encompassing so prodigious a sum.
"Capital!" cried the major; "but do you know that, at nine dollars a pound, this projectile will cost "
It was under strong inward pressure of this kind that Fred had taken the wise step of depositing the eighty pounds with his mother.
S'pose you no like 'm pay three fella pound you stop along jail.
"A subscription of five hundred pounds, my Lady, would provide for everything--if it could only be collected."
Gamfield's most sanguine estimate of his finances could not raise them within full five pounds of the desired amount; and, in a species of arthimetical desperation, he was alternately cudgelling his brains and his donkey, when passing the workhouse, his eyes encountered the bill on the gate.
By giving the balloon these cubic dimensions, and filling it with hydrogen gas, instead of common air--the former being fourteen and a half times lighter and weighing therefore only two hundred and seventy-six pounds--a difference of three thousand seven hundred and twenty-four pounds in equilibrium is produced; and it is this difference between the weight of the gas contained in the balloon and the weight of the surrounding atmosphere that constitutes the ascensional force of the former.
He had three hundred pounds to find on the twenty-fourth of the month, and twenty thousand pounds to find in February eighteen hundred and fifty.
But I would wager four thousand pounds that such a journey, made under these conditions, is impossible."
"I don't suppose anyone likes losing between three and four hundred pounds."
"Oh, grandpapa, did you not say the colt sold for five pounds more than you expected?
You'll get in, I'se uphaud - and your thirty pounds will get in, too.'