The comments on the last post have me smiling!
We usually say the phrase in annoyance about having to wait for something. Eg
Arranging to meet someone who didn’t turn up
You’d tell your friends he left me standing there like cheese at fourpence!
Now I’m only guessing that cheese at 4 pence was the rank cheese that nobody wanted to buy, but equally as it’s an obviously old tight Northern saying, the 4p cheese could have been too expensive to be bought and was forever in the fridge on sale!
Someone commented their version was tripe at fourpence !
Who knows. I love the way our English language has different dialects and sayings.
Rachel * The Tax Return has been submitted and paid smug face* Radiostar xxx
Ps finished the gorgeous jigsaw too!