Khyber pass


What's the meaning of the phrase 'Khyber pass'?

Arse.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Khyber pass'?

Cockney rhyming slang

. Note that this is really ‘arse’ and not ‘ass’ – reflecting the Cockney pronunciation. In London and the south east of England ‘pass’ is pronounced as ‘parse’.

The term was used in the best of the Carry On series of films – Carry On Up The Khyber, 1986. Or, if not the best, certainly the one in which screenwriter Talbot Rothwell managed to squeeze in more bawdy puns than any other. It featured Sid James as Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond and Kenneth Williams as Rhandi Lal, the Khasi of Kalabar.

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Gary Martin

Writer and researcher on the origins of phrases and the creator of the Phrase Finder website. Over the past 26 years more than 700 million of his pages have been downloaded by readers. He is one of the most popular and trusted sources of information on phrases and idioms.