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 Half-seas Over.Halgaver. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Halfpenny.
 
I am come back again, like a bad ha’penny. A facetious way of saying “More free than welcome.” As a bad ha’penny is returned to its owner, so have I returned to you, and you cannot get rid of me.   1
 


 Half-seas Over.Halgaver. 

 
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