Strange English sayings

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Let,s get this going again,How about bob,s your uncle?

 

Lord Roberts of Kandahar

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"Getting on like a house on fire", means that you are getting on well with the person in question.

Well the hell does that one originate from?.

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hooperski, perhaps it started off as a phrase for people getting along very well at a first meeting, as being as houses with a thatched roof would burn so quickly.

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if two people get on like a house on fire, they like each other very much and become friends very quickly I was worried that they wouldn't like each other, but in fact they're getting on like a house on fire.

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Hello folks!

 

Rabbit off!

 

As a Northumbrian and a Geordie (south northumberland) I have always used the term "theres a rabbit off here !"

When things were not as they should be!

 

I have asked many people down the years, but the answers never made sense

 

But two are possibilties, you take your pick

 

1) When the mining communites used to gather for whippet racing (small greyhound like dogs)

it was occasionaly disrupted by someone bringing a rabbit and letting it go

and it distracted the whippets and could spoil the meeting.

It was a ruse to stop favourites winning races.

 

2) A similar thing was used in battles long ago, if either or both sides had dogs the rabbits/hares were let go to get the dogs off their attack mind. Or by those wanting to distract guard dogs.

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There's more than one way to skin a cat...

...but who is skinning cats anyway?

 

Apparently, cat skins were used to make ladies coats:

 

http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/32123/origin-of-the-phrase-theres-more-than-one-way-to-skin-a-cat

 

- can't say as I would want to wear one though!

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Not cheating, bobby: just my incompetence!!!:D

 

Here´s one for you..(thinks vaguely )..

 

Erm, where did: a cat has nine lives..come from?

German cats are different...!!

 

By the way, " once bitten twice shy ".

A German friend in our village came round a couple of weeks ago and i opened the door. My dog Max bit him a bit on his leg..so my friend didn´t want to come in. I asked him how many times Max had bitten him. he said " once ". I replied: " only once? Then he likes you!".

My friend hasn´t come round since!!

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Um - top of the morning to ya. Who says that apart from drunken visiting americans?

 

I've heard of top or bottom down at the george or something, but rarely anything else.

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21 hours ago, john g. said:

Here you are, bobby!

Don´t get distracted by the lovely women pics!!

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/face-the-music.html

 

Oh, the women have disappeared and been replaced by Greek stuff...dunno why!!!

 

That's known as targeted advertising john g... The second time you visited the site you'd probably just been researching your next Greek holiday online. The first time you visited the site... ah, well. Nevermind ;)

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"A different kettle of fish"

 

I have never seen my neighbour look so completely boggled as when she asked me what the English equivalent of "another pair of shoes" was.

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