By Norman W. Schur, Eugene H. Ehrlich
British English A to Zed offers readers rapid entry to an alphabetical directory of both the hundreds of thousands of ''Briticisms'' mentioned within the common entries or the correlating ''Americanisms'' that seem through the e-book. This up-to-date version positive aspects greater than 5,000 entries, together with new phrases, either formal and slang, and phrases from assets as different as London companies and Bridget Jones's Diary.
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Bob-a-job? any odd job? British Boy Scouts came to the door once a year during Bob-a-Job-Day and asked Bob-a-job? You were supposed to find (or invent) a household chore the good young man or men would perform for a bob (slang for shilling). The proceeds were turned over to the organization for the doing of good works. To indicate the effects of monetary inflation, the special day has now become a week in length. bobby, n. Slang, cop Slang. Named for Sir Robert (Bobby) Peel, Home Secretary, who founded the Metropolitan Police Force in 1829.
The Bolt-Hole is a jocular name given to the Channel Islands, reputed to be a tax haven. All derived from the rabbit's bolt-hole. bomb, 1 . Slang, smash hit 2. fortune 1. Slang. A dazzling success—the exact opposite of its meaning in America: a dismal flop! To go down a bomb in Britain is to make a smash hit. See knock. 2. Slang. To make a bomb is to make a fortune. ' bonce, n. ft. 1 . agate 2. Slang, noodle 1. Slang. A large playing marble. 2. Slang. A rare usage, usually in the expression biff on the bonce, a shot on the head.
Overstock To a British businessman, backlog can mean 'overstocked inventory/ an unhappy condition, as well as a heartening accumulation of orders waiting to be filled. back-room boy. See boffin. back slang SEE COMMENT Slang created by spelling words backwards, a British pastime. ' back to our muttons Inf. back to business Slang. ' backwardation, n. penalty for delayed delivery A London Stock Exchange term. It consists of a percentage of the selling price payable by the seller of shares for the privilege of delaying delivery of the shares.