To be completely worthless or useless; to have little or no value. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK.
I was so excited when my grandfather said he’d give me his car, but this old clunker isn’t worth a brass farthing.
Over the years working here, I’ve come to realize that the boss’s word isn’t worth a brass farthing.
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The idiom ‘be not worth a brass farthing’ means “to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged”
Example usage of idiom ‘be not worth a brass farthing’: Newspapers have weathered the storm of online information by providing news online themselves.