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 for Gripe penny
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gripe \Gripe\, n.
     1. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
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              A barren scepter in my gripe.         --Shak.
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     2. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the
        gripe of a sword.
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     3. (Mech.) A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake
        to stop a wheel.
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     4. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress;
        as, the gripe of poverty.
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     5. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly
        used in the plural.
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     6. (Naut.)
        (a) The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the
            fore end; the forefoot.
        (b) The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the
            water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
        (c) pl. An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks,
            fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats
            when hoisted; also, broad bands passed around a boat
            to secure it at the davits and prevent swinging.
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     Gripe penny, a miser; a niggard. --D. L. Mackenzie.
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