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On your bike

Posted by ESC on March 05, 2000

In Reply to: On your bike posted by wardan on March 05, 2000

: Could someone please tell me the origin of the British phrase "on your bike," meaning "get outta here"?

I couldn't find the origin. But here's what it says in "British English A to Zed" by Norman W. Schur: "On your bike! Slang. Get lost. Short, according to Bernard Levin in 'The Times' (London), for 'It would be better for you if you get on your bike promptly and pedal fast.'" It sounds to me like a "catch phrase" from a television show.