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'everyone/everybody and his/their uncle'

Posted by GPP on August 18, 2003

Meaning, roughly, way too many people.

There's an interesting discussion of this phrase, and of "Uncle Tom Cobley and all", at
http://pub122.ezboard.com/fwordoriginsorgfrm1.showMessage?topicID=7503.topic , with a link to
http://www.btinternet.com/~mark.cobley/uncletc/widecom.html .
Is anyone in the UK, or elsewhere, familiar with the 'Tom Cobley' expression to mean the same thing--or something else?