half a bar

n
British
before decimalisation in 1971 half a bar was ten shillings; since then it has meant fifty pence. The phrase is Lon-don working class or cockney. 'Bar' is an archaic term, still occasionally heard in London, coming from a Romany word (bar or baur(o)) meaning a sovereign and, later, one pound.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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