Meaning of as game as Ned Kelly in English:

as game as Ned Kelly


informal Australian
  • Audaciously bold.

    • ‘‘Good on you Ned’ is a compliment, ‘as game as Ned Kelly’ an old saying.’
    • ‘We know that by the time of the first world war, there was a saying among the Diggers in the trenches, ‘Oh he was as game as Ned Kelly’.’
    • ‘From hip to shoulder he was covered with blood from the spur, an’ although he could scarcely raise a trot you could see he was still as game as Ned Kelly.’
    • ‘But today his name is used everywhere by Australians of all kinds, who praise a man's courage by saying: ‘He's as game as Ned Kelly.’’