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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Doit (1 syl.).
 
Not a doit. The doit was a Scotch silver coin = one-third of a farthing. In England the doit was a base coin of small value prohibited by 3 Henry V. c. 1.   1
        “When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.”—Shakespeare: The Tempest, ii. 2.
 


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