A friend with a gift is as good as a penny

Definition

The idiom ‘A friend with a gift is as good as a penny’ is an old saying that means having a generous friend is better than having money.

Examples

I don’t have any money to help you, but I do have a friend who might be able to give you a gift.

A friend with a gift is as good as a penny, so don’t worry about not having money!

Origin

It is believed to have originated in Scotland in the 1700s.

FAQs

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What does ‘A friend with a gift is as good as a penny’ mean?

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It means having a generous friend is better than having money.

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Where did this phrase originate?

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It is believed to have originated in Scotland in the 1700s.