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British soldiers used this word to mean ‘back home,’ especially after military service abroad, in the same way that the Americans are glad to get back to God’s country after being abroad. It is derived from bilayati, a Hindustani word meaning ‘foreign’ and was brought back to their own blighty by British soldiers returning from service in India. In World War I it was also used to describe a wound serious enough to warrant a soldier’s return home: a blighty one. , interj. Slang. holy mackerel! Slang This vulgar interjection is a contraction of Cor blimey!
Dibs on . . I dibsy! I claim! Schoolboy slang. Sometimes I bag! or I Bags! or baggy! or bagsy! Bags, first innings! is another variant. ’ See first innings. Examples: Baggy, no washing up! (see wash up) which would be shouted by a youngster trying to get out of doing the dishes, or I bag the biggest one! proclaimed by one of a group of children offered a number of apples or candies of unequal size. Fains I! is the opposite of Bags I! bags of . . Inf. Usually in the phrase bags of money. Inf.
Court sessions The periodic sessions of the judges of the superior courts in each county of England and Wales for administering civil and criminal justice. Association football (soccer). See football. as soon as look at you, Inf. Inf. before you can say ‘Jack Robinson’ as soon as say knife, Inf. Also before you can (could) say knife. Inf. before you can say ‘Jack Robinson’ assurance, n. (life) insurance Assurance, not insurance, is the usual term in Britain. The person or firm covered is the assured, and the insurance company is the assurance society.
British English a to Zed by Norman W. Schur, Richard Ehrlich, Eugene H. Ehrlich, Eugene H. Ehrlich