Meaning of rhyming slang in English:

rhyming slang

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noun

mass noun
  • A type of slang that replaces words with rhyming words or phrases, typically with the rhyming element omitted. For example butcher's, short for butcher's hook, means ‘look’ in Cockney rhyming slang.

    ‘In the backstreets of London, his unofficial languages included rhyming slang, back slang, and a variant of London back slang known as ‘aiga’.’
    • ‘There are some interesting Australian examples of this truncated rhyming slang.’
    • ‘Of all types of slang, perhaps the best known is Cockney rhyming slang.’
    • ‘He would use rhyming slang for words that were slang already.’
    • ‘Named after the Londoners who invented it, Cockney rhyming slang uses a group of words, the last of which rhymes with whatever's being referred to.’
    • ‘Related to reduplicates is Cockney rhyming slang, one of my favorite ‘features’ of the English language.’
    • ‘‘The custard’, incidentally, is supposedly cockney rhyming slang for telly: custard and jelly.’
    • ‘Now that it's become part of mainstream culture, Cockney rhyming slang is being used in an ingenious way to promote an institution on the wane in Britain - the church.’
    • ‘Perhaps she was trying to distance herself from the Chloe image, but the outfits, which included T-shirts with cockney rhyming slang, went down like a lead balloon.’
    • ‘For our American readers, ‘barnet’ is Cockney rhyming slang for hair (as in Barnet Fair).’
    • ‘Swayze, it turns out, is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘crazy’.’
    • ‘For those readers not familiar with 1970s UK police series, or Cockney rhyming slang, ‘tea leaf’ = thief.’
    • ‘He is a refreshing change from the spate of cockney rhyming slang characters and bumbling ex-footballer hardmen that riddled previous gangster films.’
    • ‘Trouble & Strife is cockney rhyming slang for wife.’
    • ‘Cockney rhyming slang is enjoying a renaissance, so you may hear a series of very strange sounding phrases whose meaning is fairly obscure.’
    • ‘He went round the office saying, ‘What is that cockney rhyming slang for?’’
    • ‘Her name is Cockney rhyming slang for rain of course.’
    • ‘I taught him Cockney rhyming slang, like ‘apples and pears, dog and bone, whistle and flute’.’
    • ‘It tends to be very colourful in its metaphors, and use of such devices as rhyming slang is quite common.’