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More rhyming expressions

Posted by Bob on June 23, 2000

In Reply to: More rhyming expressions posted by Gary Martin on June 23, 2000

: : I obsess a bit with early 20th century UK crime writings with all the really beautiful Cockney rhyming expressions. Here are some of my faves:

: : Adam & Eve = Believe (as in would you Adam & Eve it?!?)
: : Duke of York = Fork
: : Alan Whickers = Knickers
: : Jam Jar = Car
: : Pen & Ink = Stink (as in it pen & inks in here!)
: : Boat race = Face (as in ugly boat)
: : Plates of Meat = Feet
: : Butchers Hook = Look (as in take a butcher's at that!)
: : Pork Pie = Lie - to tell a lie (as in are you telling porkies?)
: : Cane & Abel = Table
: : Tilbury Docks = Socks
: : Dog & Bone = Telephone
: : 2 & 8 = State (as in getting into a right 2 & 8)
: : dustbin lids= kids / children

The expression "put up your dukes" (which I had once assumed was American) is derived from Duke of York = fork. If you put your fists in front of you to engage in a fistfight, it's the same gesture (sort of) as holding two forks (or knife and fork), preparing for a feast.