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rhy·ming slang

(rī′mĭng)
n.
Slang in which a word is replaced by a word or phrase that rhymes with it, as mate by China plate, often with the rhyming word being dropped from the phrase.

rhyming slang

n
slang in which a word is replaced by another word or phrase that rhymes with it; for example, apples and pears meaning stairs

rhym′ing slang`


n.
a form of slang in which a rhyming word or phrase is substituted for the word intended, often with ellipsis of the rhyming part, as titfer for tit for tat for hat.
[1855–60]
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Noun1.rhyming slang - slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component; "Cockney rhyming slang"
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
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When asked to explain the meaning of "apples and pears" in Cockney rhyming slang, Markle admitted that she has no idea.
As Mick would say, in his cockney rhyming slang, there's a lot of Barney Rubble for the Carters this week.
As Mick would say, in Cockney rhyming slang, there's a lot of Barney Rubble for the Carters this week.
Richie and Wallace bat insults like pro ping-pong players and the side characters - a hooker, a police constable and a randy taxi driver with a penchant for bad Cockney rhyming slang - more than hold their own alongside them.
I love this Crammed full of every bit of Cockney rhyming slang that you've ever (and never) heard of, this would be great hanging in a downstairs loo.
Who is the North East-born musician who gave his name to Cockney rhyming slang for starving?
12IN Cockney rhyming slang what does "give us a butcher's" mean?
comes from Cockney rhyming slang for the cartoon character Desperate Dan--which rhymes with can.
Cockney rhyming slang for steak (fictional detective Sexton Blake) and chips.
The casting of rugged British actor Ray Winstone as Detective Jack Regan, head of the London police's Flying Squad team (the title derives from Sweeney Todd, Cockney rhyming slang for Flying Squad) works well.
London, July 6 ( ANI ): Our insatiable fascination with celebrities is helping reinvent the cockney rhyming slang, an ancient argot that many language experts feared was dying out.
Cockney Rhyming Slang is virtually impenetrable, even for other Britishers, but see if you can decipher this: "Had a barny with the trouble, so went for a ball of chalk down the rub a dub dub for a swift Aristotle of pig's ear and a rabbit to me old china Biffo.