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Re: Phrases

Posted by James Briggs on June 21, 2003

In Reply to: Phrases posted by Mike George on June 21, 2003

: Does anyone know of the origin of the following two phrases?

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: It's a Bugger's Muddle

: and

: Cheap as Chips

:
: I'm curious. The first is from a Southern England area dialect I thinbk; the second seems to be appearing recently on radio,etc..possiblky from an Australian Soap...?

: Help please

The first is pretty certainly rhyming slang and merely adds a bit of emphasis to a description of a muddle.
The second has become popular - for several years now - as a result of David Dickinson, the British TV antiques expert who has his own show 'Bargain Hunt'. Where he got it from I don't know.