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Punch up the bracket

Posted by Gary Martin on July 17, 2001

In Reply to: Punch up the bracket posted by Bruce Kahl on July 16, 2001

: : what is the origin of the phrase " a punch up the bracket "

: For our non-Cockney visitors, It means a punch in the face but I do not know the origin.

I remember the comedians Tony Hancock and Sid James using this in their radio shows. It was in common use when I were a lad in the 1950/60s. I would suspect it is British army slang from WWII but have no proof of that.