(to be) in for a penny, in for a pound




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in for a penny, in for a pound

"(to be) in for a penny, in for a pound"

once you have started or become involved in something and have invested time or money in it, then you should complete the work although it has become more difficult or complicated than you had expected

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in for a penny, in for a pound

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well, here we are six month in to product development. The focus groups we have run are not favorable. The market research tell us that the product will not be a success. Why has management decided to continue with the project?

Colleague 2:  I suppose that management thinks that since we have invested as much as we have, we might as well finish the project and really see how the product will be received. We may be surprised.

Colleague 1:  I guess it's a matter of in for a penny, in for a pound.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in for a penny, in for a pound

Two friends are on a hike ...

Friend 1:  This waterfall you are taking me to had better be worth it.

Friend 2:  It is. It is one of the most spectacular nature scenes you can imagine and it is only accessible by walking.

Friend 1:  Speaking of which, we have been walking for hours. I am getting tired and think we should go back.

Friend 2:  No way! We have made it this far. In for a penny, in for a pound, after all.

Friend 1:  OK. I will persevere. Lead on!





(to be) in for a penny, in for a pound - Usage:

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(to be) in for a penny, in for a pound - Gerund Form:

Being in for a penny, in for a pound means that you will complete the task regardless of the additional energy required.



(to be) in for a penny, in for a pound - Examples:

1)  ... elements could cost an arm and a leg, and councilors will cross that bridge when they come to it. Mind you, in for a penny, in for a pound.

2)  You are in the middle of the whole thing before you realise even though they do prepare you. Then it's in for a penny, in for a pound. You can't stop at that point.

3)  For these extended projects, I take the “in for a penny, in for a pound” approach and line up multiple batches in succession.

4)  The British have an old saying: "In for a penny, in for a pound." It implies that if you start something, you must see it through to its end.

5)  That's how desperate the RNC is. Of course, there is the old expression “in for a penny, in for a pound.” They've already printed the ballots after ...

6)  ... is an often glittering look at the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II's reign that is worth binging with an “in for a penny, in for a pound” approach.

7)  In for a penny, in for a pound, so I go for the deluxe; it's memorable. 

8)  But I choked it down. And then, against the advice of my friends, I ordered another. In for a penny, in for a pound, you know?

9)  The “in for a penny, in for a pound” match-funding is a boost for the initiative, launched last week to transform the way people donate to charity.

10)  In an apparent case of in-for-a-penny; in-for-a-pound, regulators have found another piece of software that lowered a vehicle's carbon dioxide ...

11)  ... course, there's still a few thousand to be spent on paint protection film and perhaps an extended warranty, but in for a penny, in for a pound.

12)  By this point, in for a penny, in for a pound. It's too late to turn back now for everyone.

13)  But in for a penny, in for a pound, and once I had joined I was hooked. Now I'm on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter , and love it.

14)  In for a penny, in for a pound, eh? Our society suffers no lack of young idealists; may one make this investigation their own. 

15)  In for a penny, in for a pound and all that. At what point do we stop succumbing to the sunk costs fallacy and stop digging ourselves into an ever ...

16)  But I did say something, and so in for a penny, in for a pound. If a lockout is a "reverse strike", then isn't quitting because of labor conditions a ...

17)  "Well, I thought, in for a penny, in for a pound." So Watson flew back towards the ship. 

18)  "So we decided - in for a penny, in for a pound. Let's go for it." After 18 months of research and development, the startup had developed the first ...

19)  The problem is that the in-for-a-penny, in-for-a-pound mantra of moguls can backfire. Too much money gets too focused on one path to fortune.

20)  In for a penny, in for a pound, I thought. So it was that I tried on a middle-of-the-range pair and bought them, presenting my credit card with an ...