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"Dancers" for stairs

Posted by R. Berg on July 15, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Phrase meaning and origin posted by James Briggs on July 14, 2003

: : hi,
: : I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the phrase: "Up the dicky dancers" means, i've always been told that it means to go up stairs to bed, but it just doesn't make sense because thats not what the words mean, so I was just wondering if that is what it really means, where it originated from and if it's just a saying used in the north east of england?

: For starters - I've never heard the expression during my lifetime, but then I've always lived in the south of England. Thus, perhaps it is northern.

Try this post from the archives, on "dancers" as slang for stairs:

http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/12/messages/480.html

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