not the full quid

not the full quid

not very intelligent – Australian & New Zealand informal

As an informal term for a pound sterling (or, in former times, a sovereign or guinea) quid dates from the late 17th century. ITS origins are unknown. Compare with not the full shilling.

Related Idioms and Phrases :

be quids in

be in a position where you have profited or are likely to profit from something – British informal

Quids is only found in this phrase, the normal plural being quid.

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