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 Nice.Nice’an Barks or Nycean Barks. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Nice as Ninepence.
 
A corruption of “Nice as nine-pins.” In the game of nine-pins, “men” are set in three rows with the utmost exactitude or nicety. Nine-pence is an Irish shilling of 1561. (See NINEPENCE.)   1
 


 Nice.Nice’an Barks or Nycean Barks. 

 
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