adjectiveinformal, dated British
Used to indicate that something is finished, ruined, or inoperative, or that someone is dead.
- ‘it is all over, napoo, fini—understand?’
- ‘my poor old dugout is napoo’
- ‘He had gone white and she knew that he had guessed. He said with a strained smile: ‘Well, that's napoo then. Have a good time in Oxford.’’
- ‘They were done for, napoo.’
- ‘'Napoo, napoo,' shout several voices. I chuckle, then snuggle down.’
- ‘'I'll give you a choice: drink, or shut up—let be—napoo. Which will you have?'’
- ‘He stopped in a moment and bent down to strike the match saying it would be napoo to their smoke if it didn't light.’
- ‘I simply can't! Anything to oblige and all that sort of thing, but when it comes to cooing, distinctly Napoo!’
- ‘"Napoo!" said Freddie. "He's afraid of what will happen to his blasted career if he marries a girl who's been in the chorus."’
- ‘You'll realize for yourself that that kind of game is napoo.’
- ‘Unfortunately my scanner is 'napoo', so cannot post any photos at the moment.’
- ‘The BEF Times of 20 January 1917 announced 'no whisky, no war' following rumours that whisky was 'napoo'.’
First World War representing a pronunciation of French il n'y en a plus or il n'y a plus ‘there is no more’.
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