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 Penny (A)Penny Dreadfuls. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Penny-a-liner (A).
 
A contributor to the local newspapers, but not on the staff. At one time these collectors of news used to be paid a penny a line, and it was to their interest to spin out their report as much as possible. The word remains, but is now a misnomer.   1
 


 Penny (A)Penny Dreadfuls. 

 
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