Meaning of bobsy-die in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɒbzɪˈdʌɪ/


mass noun dialect New Zealand
  • A great deal of fuss or trouble.

    ‘she'll kick up bobsy-die later’
    • ‘This bill will get through only with the support of the Greens, yet only a week or so ago the Greens kicked up bobsy-die because the Accident Compensation Corporation invests in breweries.’
    • ‘It has kicked up merry bobsy-die in the past by wanting to know, when there has been a split vote, who voted for and who voted against.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee


Early 19th century contraction of earlier Bob's-a-dying.