god's penny

noun
Usage: often capitalized G
Etymology: Middle English godes peny
: a penny or small sum paid as earnest money especially on concluding a purchase or hiring a servant

among merchants the god's penny binds the contract of sale — Frederick Pollock & F.W.Maitland

— called also argentum dei, denarius dei, denier à dieu

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Old Eng. Law.
[1300-50; ME]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • God's penny — God God (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • God's penny —    , luck money, earnest money    Three separate but linked customary practices are concerned with the exchange of money between individuals. At least from the medieval period onwards, the handing over of God s penny (which could be any amount… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • God's penny — Old Eng. Law. See earnest money. [1300 50; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • God's penny — In old English law, earnest money; money given as evidence of the completion of a bargain. This name is probably derived from the fact that such money was given to the church or distributed in alms …   Black's law dictionary

  • God's penny — Earnest money paid to bind a bargain …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • God — (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf. {Goodbye},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • God's acre — God God (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • God's field — God God (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • God's house — God God (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • God's Sunday — God God (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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