penny-plain

penny-plain
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Britain : having no decorative or pretentious features

can have it penny-plain and no nonsense — Rose Macaulay

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pennˈy-plainˈ adjective
Plain, straightforward, unpretentious (from 19c children's paper cut-out figures for toy theatres, costing one penny if plain, twopence if coloured; hence, penny-plain, twopence-coloured used of any two basically similar articles, one having a more attractive appearance)
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