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Re: Being out o' collar

Posted by James Briggs on August 18, 2005

In Reply to: Being out o' collar posted by Pat on August 17, 2005

: Just been reading a book about 'cockneys' just before and during the second world war. Whenever the characters talk of being out of work, the say "being out o' collar" I thought at first that it might be rhyming slang but couldn't work out what it could be. Does anyone know how the saying came about.Thanks

I'm a cockney, although not quite born within the sound of Bow bells. I've never heard of the phrase. What's more, it's not recorded on a Cockney Rhyming Slang site http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/
I suspect it's made up phrase for the book. Do others know better?