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Information, the facts, originally British armed forces slang from c. 1940 derives from general information or perhaps genuine intelligence.

Gentleman of leisure

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations attributes 'gentleman of leisure' and its female corollary to Thorstein Veblen (1827-1929) the American economist and s...

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Gentlemen prefer blondes

This was the title of a book written by Anita Loos in 1925. It was made into a movie in 1953, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Charles Coburn...

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Geoff Hurst

A first class university degree, from rhyming slang, Geoff Hurst/first, student witticism from the 1980s. Geoff Hurst scored the winning goal when Eng...

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George Raft

Rhyming slang for draught, George Raft/draught, as in close the door, there’s a bit of a George Raft in here. It dates from the 1950s after the Americ...

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To define or rig election districts so as to give one political party more representational seats by concentrating the voting strength of the oppositi...

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Get a handle on something

see Handle

Get a load of this

Exhortation to look at or listen to something, American slang dates from the early 20th century.

Get blood from a stone

see Blood from a stone

Get cold feet

see Cold feet

Get cracking

Get a move on, get started; its meaning is not a problem but its origin is debatable. For example, the OED dates the expression crack along, meaning t...

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Get down

American black slang dates from the 1970s meaning to party or dance.

Get down to brass tacks

see Brass tacks

Get hot under the collar

see Hot under the collar

Get in a froth

This expression derives from a figurative use of the word froth as in frothing at the mouth meaning to get agitated and angry, dates from the late 17t...

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