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Cockney rhyming slang – Cockney expressions and meanings



COCKNEY
RHYMING SLANG

I would imagine
most people have come across rhyming slang at some time or other, even if
only in the movies – and may not even have realised it.  It is sort of
texting in reverse – whereas texting abbreviates the actual words, rhyming
slang is a longer version.

A lot of the phrases
themselves have become shortened over the years e.g. Joanna (Piano), Tit for
Tat (Hat) is shortened to “Titfer” and “I’m Boracic”
means “I have no money”.

The following lists some
of the good old originals, whereas others have been added more recently.

COCKNEY WORD/PHRASE DEFINITION

Adam and Eve
Believe

Alan Whickers
Knickers

Almond Rocks / Tilbury Docks
Socks

Apples and Pears
Stairs

Aristotle
Bottle

Artful Dodger
Lodger

Ascot Races
Braces

Baked Bean
Queen

Baker’s Dozen
Cousin

Ball and Chalk
Walk

Bangers and Mash
Cash                                                                    
Stewart Marden

Barnaby Rudge
Judge

Barnet Fair
Hair

Barney
Rubble
Trouble
                                                                                          Jayme Gibbs

Basil Fawlty
Balti

Battlecruiser
Boozer
Berkshire Hunt (usually
shortened to Berk)
A vulgar offensive word referring to
female genitalia.


Charles Hope


Boat Race
Face

Bob Hope
Soap

Dope (marijuana)                                                    
  Ali Clark


Boracic Lint
Skint (no money)

Brahms and List
Pissed (drunk)

Brass Tacks
Facts

Bread and Cheese
Sneeze

Bread and Honey
Money

Bricks and Mortar
Daughter

Bristol City
Titty

Brown Bread
Dead

Bubble Bath
Laugh                                                                                            Robert Davis

Bubble and Squeak
Greek

Butcher’s Hook
Look

Chalfont St. Giles
Piles

(see also Famer
Giles)


Chalk Farm
Arm

China Plate
Mate

Cobbler’s Awls
Balls

Cock and Hen
Ten

Cows and Kisses
Missus (wife)                                                                             Ken Dryden

Ken also
advises that this has been around for years and is the origin of the
very common (but wholly un-PC) phrase “Silly Cow” (usually applied
nowadays to any woman perceived by a man to be doing something daft!)


Currant Bun
Sun

Daisy Roots
Boots

Darby and Joan
Moan

Dicky bird
Word

Dicky Dirt
Shirt

Dinky Doos
Shoes

Dog and Bone
Phone

Duck and Dive
Skive

Duke of Kent
Rent

Dustbin Lid
Kid

Elephant’s
Trunk
Drunk

                                                                                             Ken Dryden


Farmer Giles
Piles

Chris


Fireman’s Hose
Nose

Flowery Dell
Cell

Four by Two
Jew  (Allan
Hoffmann)

Frog and Toad
Road

Gold Watch


(Sometimes
Pocket Watch)

Scotch                                                                                                
PT

Gregory Peck
Cheque

Gregory peck
Neck

George Raft
Draught

Gypsy’s Kiss
Piss (urinate)

Hampton Wick
Prick

Hank Marvin
Starving

Isle of
Wight
Tight

                                                                                                 Ken Dryden


Jam Jar
Car

Jimmy Riddle
Piddle/Widdle (urinate)

Aunt Joanna
Piano

Khyber Pass
Arse (backside/bottom)

Kick and Prance
Dance

Lady Godiva
Fiver (Five pounds)

Laugh n a joke
Smoke                                                                                       Alan Robertson

Lionel Blairs
Flares (I.e. trousers)

Loaf of Bread
Head

Mickey Bliss
Piss (urinate)

Mince Pies
Eyes

Mork and Mindy
Windy

Mutt and Jeff
Deaf

Nanny Goat
Coat                                                   
                   
Kenneth Stratford

North and South
Mouth

Oily Rag
Fag (cigarette)

Orchestra stalls
Balls                                                                                             Alan Robertson

Pat and Mick
Sick

Peckham Rye
Tie

Pen and Ink
stink (smell)

Plates of Meat
Feet

Pony and Trap
Crap (sort of manure!)

Porky Pies
Lies

Rhythm n blues

Shoes                                                                                        Alan Robertson

Rosie Lee
Tea

Roast Pork
Fork

Round the Houses
Trousers

Rub-a-Dub
Pub (Public House/Bar)

Ruby Murray
Curry

Salmon and Trout
Snout
(tobacco/cigarette)

Sausage Roll
Goal

Scooby (Scooby Doo)
Clue

Daryl Armstrong


Sherbert Dab
Cab

Skin and Blister
Sister

Sky Rocket
Pocket

Struggle and Grunt
A vulgar offensive word referring to
female genitalia.

E.
Yule


Sweeney Todd
Flying Squad

Syrup of Figs
Wig

Tea Leaf
Thief

Tilbury Docks / Almond Rocks
Socks                                                                
Mick Rouemaine
Thrupney Bit ***

Two Bob Bit*

Shi* (sorry)    

Robert Davis

See note below

Squits (diarrhea)

Rob Studholme


Tom Tit
As above.                          
John Cole
/Chris
***A
“thrupney bit” was a 3 pence piece before decimalisation in UK.

Peter” has corrected on this one – 

Thrupney Bit(s) is apparently slang for “Tit(s)”
and, he also advises Tupney bit is the slang for “Sxxx” .

I am not sure about this, however, as “tupney”
is short for tuppence (two pence) and the two pence piece is a fairly
new coin.  I think it may be “Two bob bit” (* a two shilling piece
also known as a florin) which is the slang for “sxxx”.

Dave Row has
also confirmed this.

Charles
Hope
has added further clarification –

Tuppenny’ is neither rhyming
slang nor a reference to some defunct or non-existent 2d piece,
more prosaically it is short for ‘tuppeny upright’:

“Unlike Dickens’ fictional Nancy (of ‘Oliver’ fame) – a ‘tuppenny
upright’, as the lowest street-walkers were known…”

 

Well, I am glad we have
cleared that one up!!!!


Tit for Tat (Titfer)
Hat

Todd Sloane
Alone

Tom and Dick
Sick

Tom Foolery
Jewellery

Tommy Tank
Bank         
                                                                          
Kenneth Stratford

Tommy Trinder
Window

Trouble and Strife
Wife

Vera Lynn
Gin

Weasel and Stoat
Coat

Whistle and Flute
Suit

 
There are two other pages on this
subject;  a list sorted by words and
another providing examples of sentences using
rhyming slang
.