rhyming slang

Any system of slang in which a word is replaced with a phrase that rhymes with it; the rhyming word often being dropped.

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  • Rhyming slang — technique of forming slang terms by using terms that rhyme with another, as in elephant s trunk , rhyming slang for drunk . Usually the rhyming slang term is two or more words which allows the rhyme word to be dropped and thus make the connection …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • Rhyming slang — is a form of phrase construction in the English language and is especially prevalent in dialectal British English from the East End of London; hence the alternative name, Cockney rhyming slang. The construction involves replacing a common word… …   Wikipedia

  • rhyming slang — ► NOUN ▪ a type of slang that replaces words with rhyming words or phrases, typically with the rhyming element omitted (e.g. butcher s, short for butcher s hook, meaning ‘look’) …   English terms dictionary

  • rhyming slang — n [U] BrE a way of talking, used especially by ↑cockneys (=people from east London) , in which you use words or phrases that rhyme with the words you mean, instead of using the normal words. For example, plates of meat is rhyming slang for feet …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rhyming slang — is a type of slang of cockney origin in which a word is replaced by words or phrases which rhyme with it, e.g. apples and pears (= stairs), plates of meat (= feet), and trouble and strife (= wife). The rhyming words are sometimes arbitrary (as in …   Modern English usage

  • rhyming slang — n. a form of language play, esp. as used by cockneys, in which a phrase is substituted for a single word with which the last word of the phrase rhymes (Ex.: trouble and strife used for wife, apples and pears for stairs) …   English World dictionary

  • rhyming slang — noun slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component Cockney rhyming slang • Hypernyms: ↑slang, ↑cant, ↑jargon, ↑lingo, ↑argot, ↑patois, ↑vernacular * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • rhyming slang — Australian Slang technique of forming slang terms by using terms that rhyme with another, as in elephant s trunk , rhyming slang for drunk . Usually the rhyming slang term is two or more words which allows the rhyme word to be dropped and thus… …   English dialects glossary

  • Rhyming slang — Le rhyming slang (argot à rimes) est une forme très spéciale d argot utilisée en anglais. Il est originaire de l est de Londres mais est compris dans la majorité du monde anglophone. Il consiste à remplacer un mot par un autre, avec lequel il… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • rhyming slang — rhym′ing slang n. ling. a form of slang in which a rhyming word or phrase is substituted for the word intended, often with ellipsis of the rhyming part, as titfer for tit for tat for hat[/ex] • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • rhyming slang — N UNCOUNT Rhyming slang is a spoken informal kind of language in which you do not use the normal word for something, but say a word or phrase that rhymes with it instead. In Cockney rhyming slang, for example, people say apples and pears to mean… …   English dictionary

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