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Bob's Your Uncle.

Posted by TheUnlurker on March 18, 2002

In Reply to: Bob's Your Uncle. posted by ESC on March 16, 2002

ESC said...
:...'Uncle' is British (as well as American) slang for 'pawnbroker,' and a pawnbroker is, presumably, a friend in need...

How is a pawnbroker a friend "in need"? Surely, if anything, the pawner (pawnor/pawnee/whatever) is the one in need.