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Cockney Rhyming Slang

Cockneys (the true ones) traditionally come from a small part of London- East End.
In fact, only those born within the sound of Bow Bells- the bells of St. Mary-Le-Bow Church (Cheapside, London)- could by tradition consider themselves 'cockneys'.
Cockney rhyming slang is a form of English slang which originated in the East End of London. It has been in use since the mid 19th century.
Rhyming slang uses a phrase that rhymes with a word, instead of the word itself.
Thus 'phone' becomes 'dog and bone', 'wife' becomes 'struggle and strife' and 'word' becomes 'dicky bird' or 'boots' changes into 'daisy roots'. Many of its expressions have passed into common language, and the creation of new ones is no longer restricted to Cockneys.

So let's get down to brass tacks (i.e. let's talk facts)- some examples of Cockney:


All-Dayer (Drinking Session) = Leo Sayer - Let's have a Leo!

All-Nighter = Jet Fighter - We're going on a Jet Fighter!

Alone = Pat Malone - You're on your Pat, mate.

Bank = Iron Tank - He lost his house to the iron.

Bar(pub) = Near and Far - I saw him at the near.

Bath = Steffi Graf - I'm just going for a steffi

Bed = Uncle Ted - I'm off to Uncle Ted.

Beer = Pig's Ear - Can I buy you a pig?

Believe = Adam and Eve - I don't Adam and Eve it!

Belly = New Delhi - Look at the new delhi on him!

Boat = Nanny Goat - I took my nanny out on the river.

Bread = Uncle Fred - Hey, mum. Can I have some Uncle Fred with this?

Butter = Talk and Mutter - Would you like some talk on your toast.

Cab(taxi) = Smash & Grab - Let's look for a smash and grab.

Café(pronounced caff) = Riff Raff - I'm off to the riff raff.

Car = Jam Jar - Bloody jam is down again.

Cash = Sausage and Mash - I haven't got a sausage.

Chair = Lion's Lair - Have a lion's while you wait.

Chips = Jockey Whips - I'll have a large plate of jockey's.

Clock = Dickory Dock - What's the time on the dickory?

Cockney Rhyming Slang = Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - We're talking about chitty chitty on this web site.

Dead = Brown Bread - I'm telling you, mate. He's brown bread.

Dictionary = Tom, Dick and Harry - I'll just check the meaning in the tom.

Dinner = Lilly and Skinner - What's for lilly and skinner.

Dog = Cherry Hogg - My bloody cherry is off again.

Face = Boat Race - Nice legs, shame about the boat... :-)

Feet = Plates of Meat - Get your plates off the table!

Road = Frog / Frog & Toad - I was crossing the frog...

Hair = Bonney Fair - She's got beautiful shiny bonney.

Head = Loaf of Bread - Don't just stand there - use your loaf.

Legs = Pins and Pegs - I was so surprised I nearly fell off me pins!

Liar = Dunlop Tyre - He's a bit of a dunlop.

Look = Butcher's Hook - Here, take a butcher's at this.

Money = Bread and Honey - Let's drink with him, he's got bread.

Shoes = Yabba-Dabba-Doos - Nice pair of yabba's mate!

Stranger = Texas Ranger - This pub is full of Texas Rangers these days.

Stairs = Apples / Apples and Pears - Get up the apples!

Suit = Bowl of Fruit - Are you wearing your bowl of fruit tonight?

Tea = Rosie / Rosie Lee - Have a cup of rosie...

Time = Harry Lime - What's the Harry Lime?

Years = Donkey's Ears - Ain't seen you in donkeys mate!