penny a liner

penny-a-liner

[pen-ee-uh-lahy-ner]
noun Chiefly British Archaic.
a hack writer.

Origin:
1825–35; penny-a-line (of writing) paid for at the rate of a penny per line + -er1

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penny-a-liner
 
n
rare a hack writer or journalist

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