‘panier de crabes’: meaning and origin

1942—an arena of fierce or ruthless rivalry—borrowed from French: literally ‘basket of crabs’—the image is of crabs fighting, if not devouring one another, when kept in a basket

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‘oojamaflip’: meanings (and origin?)

UK—1969: a type of collapsible trolley designed for use in the home—1970: a thing whose name the speaker cannot remember, does not know, or does not wish to mention—perhaps from ‘oojah’, ‘-ma-’ in nouns such as ‘thingamabob’, and the verb ‘flip’

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‘oojah’: meanings (and origin?)

UK, 1917—used when one cannot think of, or does not wish to use, the name of a thing; by extension, a useful implement, a gadget—origin unknown

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‘Christmas hold’: meaning and origin

also ‘Christmas grip’—Australia, prison slang, 1953—a grabbing of another’s testicles—based on the image is of a handful of nuts, alludes to ‘nut’, denoting a dry fruit consisting of an edible kernel enclosed in a hard or leathery shell, and a testicle

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‘boudoir bandicoot’: meaning and origin

Australia—a promiscuous male—coined in 1983, during a parliamentary debate, by Michael Hodgman, then Member of the Australian House of Representatives, to describe Bob Hawke, then Prime Minister of Australia

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