See: same O.B.
See: time for your.
See: I'll make you sing.
is the way Ware presents these variants, but what he should, I think, have written was O Bergami! and its derivative oh, beggar me!, with beggar for bugger, naturally. Ware classifies it as 'London people's'-i.e., proletarian-and dates it at 1820; he adds: 'Still used in the streets as intimating that the person addressed is a liar, or worse. From one Bergami-a lying witness at the trial of Queen Caroline-whose denial of everything brought about this phrase, with his eternal “non mi ricordo” [I don't remember].' At non me in his very valuable book, Ware notes that the non mi of the It. non mi ricordo became, c. 1820-30, the London proletariat's synonym for a lie and was used thus: 'That's a non me for one'-'That's a lie, to start with'.
See: okay; you're O.K.
See: one that lives; within.
See: on second.
See: ever since.
See: my bloody; my oath.
See: that is the o.
See: play that.
See: if it works.
See: for obvious reasons; glimpses.
'(followed by a laugh “like a tinkling bell, rippling up the scale”)-Molly Weir as Tattie MacKintosh in ITMA' (VIBS). See also TOMMY HANDLEY.
See: one of these o.
See: what's the o.
is described by Berrey as an 'interjection of personal displeasure': US: since c. 1920 and prob. earlier. The corresponding Brit, exclam. would be 'Of all the bloody stupid things to do, that is the stupidest!'-which, however, doesn't qualify as a c.p. A.B., 1978, notes that the US often substitutes stunts for tricks.
also of all the gall! All were, orig., US; but, whereas the last has always been solely US, the others became, c. 1918, also Brit. As Americanisms, they are impossible to date with any accuracy; I'd hazard 'since the 1890s'. J.W.C. notes, 1977, that of all the nerve is now 'very rare in US'.
See: come off; get them; got it off; I'll let you; little less; my word, if you're; and:
is a US c.p., deriving from an old song and has come to mean 'intermittent' or 'capricious' or 'fickle': late C19-20. But at first it was a 'railroad expression as old as 1890 and referring to minor train wrecks: off the track and then back on the track. Finnegan has no significance, I believe, except that it makes a good rhyme' (Fain, 1978). J.W.C., 1977, had remarked that it is 'applied to someone dashing in and out. Common [c. 1911-16, if not earlier, but] now seldom heard'.
P.B.: I have heard the more elab. on again, off again, on again, Finnegan, and am reminded of the children's repetition song, one verse of which goes:
There was an old man called Michael Finnegan,
He grew whiskers on his chinnegan,
The wind came out and blew them in again.
Poor old Michael Finnegan! Begin again!
[and so on.]
See: off yer and on yer!
(Departing) promptly; speedily: Aus.: since c. 1960, Wilkes, Dict. Aus. Coll., records it as being in print in 1969-a book by Christopher Bray. Cf up and down like…Nightie is, of course, domestic coll. for 'nightgown'.
'A music-hall gag for any person going on a gallivanting holiday. Since c. 1920' (Prof. A.C. Partridge, 1968): S. African.
This was perpetrated by Colley Cibber in his 'improvement' of Shakespeare's Richard III, where the simple off with his head had occurred (1592-93): and, however long Cibber's elab. lasted, the c.p. has, in C20, usu. existed in the shorter form. (Enlargement of a note from Mr P. Daniel, 1978.) P.B.: in C20, surely as likely to derive from the awful threat off with her head, in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
-sometimes shortened to off and on!, and itself elliptical for off yer (or your) fanny and on yer (or your) feet! 'The limited use of the shortened phrase-i.e., off and on!-by Marines was as a command by the “non-com” to “turn-out”-or to resume activity after a rest period even though every individual was already standing' (Col. Moe, 1975). The two longer phrases were presumably current in both the navy and the army; and the longest passed into some gen. currency: late C19-20.
See: no offence.
See: fall out, the; gangway; midshipmen.
See TAD DORGAN.
has, during WW2 and National Service (ended 1962) and decreasingly since, been used as a c.p.
'has, with many variants, been in existence since heaven knows when. I see, from yesterday's Daily Telegraph, 6 Dec., that, years ago, there were “men of the Merchant Navy, officers of the Royal Navy, and gentlemen of the P.&O.” [the Peninsular & Orient Shipping Line]' (anon., 1978). Cf:
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Publication information: Book title: A Dictionary of Catch Phrases: British and American, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day. Contributors: Paul Beale - Editor, Eric Partridge - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 228.
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