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tanner n. [Rom. tawno, small or f. a ponderous Biblical joke about St Peter's supposed banking transaction when he ‘lodged with one Simon a tanner’] 

Green's Dictionary of Slang

Jonathon Green

sixpence, thus post-metrication 2½p.a.1790H.T. PotterNew Dict. Cant (1795) n.p.: Size, tester, simon, the tanner ...

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