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Adam and Eve — believe
apples and pears — stairs
Aris (short for Aristotle) — bottle or bottle and glass-'arse'
ball of chalk — walk
barnet (short for Barnet Fair) — hair
Barney Rubble — trouble
bees and honey — money)
bird (short for bird lime) — time (in prison)
boat race — face
boracic (short for boracic lint) — skint
bottle (short for bottle and glass) — arse (audacity)
Brahms and Liszt — pissed (drunk)
brown bread — dead
Bristol (short for Bristol City, a football team) — titty (breast) (usually plural)
bubble (short for bubble and squeak) — Greek
bubble (short for bubble bath) — laugh (noun)
butcher's (short for butcher's hook) — look (noun)
Cadbury's Flake — mistake
chalk (short for Chalk Farm) — arm
cheese and kisses — missus (wife or girlfriend)
china (short for china plate) — mate (friend)
city slickers — knickers
cobblers (short for cobbler's awls) — balls (testicles)
cocoa — say so, as in "I should cocoa."
cream-crackered — knackered (Cockney slang, for a slang word "knackered", meaning tired)
currant bun — sun (also The Sun, a British newspaper)
custard and jelly — telly (television)
daisy roots - boots
dog and bone — phone
dog's meat — feet
Duke of Kent — rent
Duncan Goodhew - clue
dustbin lid — kid
Finsbury (short for Finsbury Park) — arc(light) (in theatres)
fireman's hose - nose
four by two- Jew
frog and toad --road
ginger (short for ginger beer), King Lear, Brighton Pier — queer (homosexual)
Gregory Peck — neck
gypsy's kiss — piss
half-inch — pinch (steal)
Hampsteads (short for Hampstead Heath - teeth
Hank Marvin — starving
Irish jig — wig
iron hoof — poof (homosexual)
jam-jar — car
Jimmy Riddle — piddle (urinate)
Joanna — piano (pronounced "pianna" in Cockney)
Khyber (short for Khyber Pass) — arse
laugh and joke — “smoke”
loaf (short for loaf of bread) - head
loop the loop — soup
mince pie) — eye
minces (short for mince pies) — eyes
moody — stolen
Mutt and Jeff — deaf
nelly (short for Nelly Duff) — puff (life, as used in the phrase "Not on your nelly!")
north and south — mouth
Oliver Twist — pissed (drunk)
Oxford (short for Oxford scholar) — dollar (five shilling piece, since Royal Mint made dollar coins with 'Dollar and Five Shillings on them, until decimalization)
Peckham Rye — tie (necktie)
pen and ink — stink (noun)
plates of meat — feet
porker, porky (short for pork pie) — lie (untruth)
rabbit (short for rabbit and pork) — talk
raspberry ripple — cripple
raspberry (short for raspberry tart) — fart
rifles (short for rifle ranges) — changes
Rosie (short for Rosy Lee) — tea
rub-a-dub - pub
Ruby Murray — curry
salmon and trout — snout (tobacco)
sausage and mash — cash
scooby (short for Scooby Doo) — clue (inkling, as in "I haven't got a scooby.")
septic tank — Yank
sherbert (short for sherbert dab) — cab (taxi)
skin and blister — sister
syrup (short for syrup of figs) — wig (sic)
tables and chairs — stairs
taters (short for potatoes in the mould) — cold (adjective)
tea leaf — thief
tid (short for tiddlywink)
Tilburys (short for Tilbury docks — socks
titfer (short for tit-for-tat) — hat
tomfoolery — jewellery
tom tit — [***]
town halls — balls (testicles)
trouble and strife — wife
vera lynn - skin
two and eight — state (of upset)
whistle and flute — suit (of clothes)
ones and twos — shoes
pony and trap — crap
mince pies — eyes
in and out — snout
adam and son - done
circus and clown- brown


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And to clarify, normally

Rhyming slang uses a two word phrase.
The second word rhymes with the word being replaced
The first word is associated with the second

You never say the second word- only the first.


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Thanks Kev, I might add a couple more if I may -

In my old long time ago life was sometimes heard in pubs near London construction sites " that's it, Jonsesy's (me) on the Vera, be a long session!"
Vera Lynn = Gin

also Gold Watch = Scotch

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In and out? Isn't that like "The ol' in out" from A Clockwork Orange?


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Originally Posted by AngloBike
You never say the second word- only the first.


So Don Cheadle got it right in Ocean's 11?



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In Australia:

dog's eye with dead horse - meat pie with tomato sauce
To mention but one.

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The flog and scrap it = The rod and tappet?

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OK gotta wrap mt hy head around this... maybe I'll make up my own rhyming slang.

isn't Richard the third something for taking a ..... as in t*rd... or dirty bird? or something... I vaguely remember a row over his supposed remains being found in a parking lot a few years bak...

or was that a spoof because somebody dumped in a car park?


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It's the "two levels" that makes it tough for me.

To do it properly, you can't use the word that actually rhymes. Like "trouble" goes to "rubble" goes to "Barney Rubble" and then you just use "Barney".

So you have to make two correct guesses to figure it out. "He's in a lot of Barney"; so what does Barney mean? Barney the Dinosaur? Barney Phyfe? And if you DO figure out "Barney Rubble", then what does "Rubble" refer to? Bubble? Oh yeah, TROUBLE!

The cockneys would be 5 subjects down the road while I'm still scratching my head about how much trouble he's in ....

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...how in the world "bird" is a meaning of jail time?
Explain please the intricacies to decipher that. Yes, I can explain some of that in Spanish dialects but almost all came like a "development" of the original word; but here in your examples is a no sense style; whatever rules then plenty of people use them for certain period of time and boom, just a new meaning...

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Originally Posted by reverb
...how in the world "bird" is a meaning of jail time?
Explain please the intricacies to decipher that. Yes, I can explain some of that in Spanish dialects but almost all came like a "development" of the original word; but here in your examples is a no sense style; whatever rules then plenty of people use them for certain period of time and boom, just a new meaning...


Being in jail is "doing time" in regular English. "Time" rhymes with "bird lime" (bird-droppings), and you don't say the rhyming word, so it's just "bird" -> "bird lime" -> "time".

Nobody but Cockneys can figure it out, has nothing to do with the intricacies of English. Makes no sense unless you are One Of THEM!

Like trying to figure out "rap" lyrics. Here, trying figuring this 15-year-old Outkast rap video out without the lyrics in front of you ....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NobBXlJ1zPo

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Originally Posted by Ob1quixote
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It's never that simple! help ohno


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Mate of mine was in pokey doing a bit of Porridge, seems he had a Richard on a jam sandwich, well...! The Bill went Ape, his mate was in the Khazi at the time having a Pony, but as soon as he came out he nabbed me chum. The screws let him have it too...


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Should have been a WW2 code.


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Originally Posted by wadeschields
Should have been a WW2 code.



It was .................


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Originally Posted by AngloBike

Originally Posted by wadeschields
Should have been a WW2 code.



It was .................


From the yanks



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Bird lime is sticky stuff used to catch birds. Not bird droppings. its an old poachers thing.
My favourite. Off for a Lilian.

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Originally Posted by gavin eisler
Bird lime is sticky stuff used to catch birds. Not bird droppings. its an old poachers thing.
My favourite. Off for a Lilian.


I wondered why the other one didn't make much sense!

Just goes to show, you have to be born to it and immersed in it from babyhood to understand it ....

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Originally Posted by gavin eisler
Bird lime is sticky stuff used to catch birds. Not bird droppings. its an old poachers thing.
My favourite. Off for a Lilian.


The only Lillian I know is Lillian Gish, so the answer would have to rhyme with Gish. Unless it's a Scottish pub drink of some kind, you got me ...

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Very close Lannis, it is Lilian Gish = Pish,
A Scots variant for taking a leak.
There are a few other Scots variants for rhyming slang. mostly crude.
Ie Single Fish, Jeremy Hunt,
One of the trickiest. Political
Political levvy = Bevvy , short for beveridge, code for an alchoholic drink.

Eg, After a few roonds of political I was dyin for a Lillian.


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Dang...after 40 years of living midway between Boston and Maine I finally mastered the intricacies of phrases like "wicked pissah, minga, and come into it hahd(hard)" all learned ove many a bottle of Fat A$$ in a glass, and now I'm presented with a whole new iteration of the English language. No wonder non English speakers claim it's the hardest in the world to learn.


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Yer only half way there, where I am from some places had backspeak.
, Broughty Ferry ,
( a coastal town on the firth of Tay) nearby to my inland tcheuchter village, was a plague port, disconnected from Dundee ( the big deal whaling centre, when whaling was a thing) , by dialect and disease. It was the place of free entry for many when the whaling was big.
Folks in the Ferry spoke a funny way,..

backwards. with suffixes like "addle"

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Mostly Flemmish emigrees came in to the Ferry when the big town was closed at the four gates ,. The likes of Websters, Weavers, Nederlanders , Spanish sorts , Arabs, all ended up in the Ferry,


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