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Bobs your uncle

Posted by Gary on November 13, 2003

In Reply to: Bobs your uncle posted by Ossy Goldenberg on November 12, 2003

: Bob' Your Uncle

: I heard was a british saying saying you will be lucky have a policeman as an uncle

: a bobby is british for policeman

Not quite. Bobby, and also peeler incidentally, come from Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan Police. The 'Bob's your uncle' expression originates from A. J. Balfour's promotion to Chief Secretary for Ireland by his uncle (Robert) Lord Salisbury.