British English Slang – Dog and bone.
Meaning – Telephone.
This expression is an example of Cockney (or London) rhyming slang. In this type of slang words are replaced by words or phrases they rhyme with. Here, the word bone rhymes with the word phone. This type of slang is associated with the people of London, particularly street traders.
Cockney Rhyming Slang:
Here are some more examples of Cockney rhyming slang that you may come across. You’ll notice that in many of these examples the word that rhymes with the meaning is dropped from the expression; for example, we just say loaf, not loaf of bread, when we mean head. This makes it very difficult to guess the meaning of some of these expressions!
- Apples and pears – Stairs
- Brown bread – Dead
- (You’re having a) bubble (from bubble bath) – Laugh
- (Have a) butcher’s (from butcher’s hook) – Look
- China (from China plate) – Mate
- Loaf (from loaf of bread) – Head
- (It’s all gone) Pete Tong – Wrong – Pete Tong is a popular English DJ on BBC Radio 1.
- Ruby Murray – Curry – Ruby Murray was an Irish pop singer from the 1950s.
- Trouble and strife – Wife
- “Please turn down your music! Dad is on the dog and bone!”
In The News:
“Of course, nothing carves corners well without some decent bouncy bits, so Chaise turned to American Mustang suspension guru Mike Maier for a complete set of his adjustable springs and shocks, and even had Mike on the dog-and-bone from the other side of the planet for some tuning advice while at the track.”
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