cobblers


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cobblers

(ˈkɒbləz)
pl n
1. rubbish; nonsense: a load of old cobblers.
2. (Anatomy) another word for testicles. See testicle
interj
an exclamation of strong disagreement
[C20: from rhyming slang cobblers' awls balls]
Usage: The use of cobblers meaning 'nonsense' is so mild that hardly anyone these days is likely to be offended by it. Most people are probably unaware of its rhyming-slang association with 'balls', and therefore take it at its face value as a more colourful synonym for 'nonsense'. The classic formulation 'a load of (old) cobblers' seems to be particularly popular in the tabloid press
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cobblers - nonsense; "I think that is a load of cobblers"
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.cobblers - a man's testicles (from Cockney rhyming slang: cobbler's awl rhymes with ball)
ballock, bollock, testicle, testis, orchis, egg, ball, nut - one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Translations

cobblers

[ˈkɒbləz] NPL (Brit)
1. (Anat) → cojones mpl
2. (fig) → chorradas fpl

cobblers

pl (Brit inf: = rubbish) → Scheiße f (inf), → Mist m (inf); (what a load of old) cobblers!was fürn Haufen Mist! (inf)
References in classic literature ?
So he put on the clothes, and, still raging and swearing vengeance against all the cobblers in Derbyshire, he set forth upon his way afoot; but his ills had not yet done with him, for he had not gone far ere he fell into the hands of the King's men, who marched him off, willy-nilly, to Tutbury Town and the Bishop of Hereford.
It seemed as though Saint Dunstan was like to answer his prayer, for along the road came plodding a certain cobbler, one Quince, of Derby, who had been to take a pair of shoes to a farmer nigh Kirk Langly, and was now coming back home again, with a fair boiled capon in his pouch and a stout pottle of beer by his side, which same the farmer had given him for joy of such a stout pair of shoon.
I would mend the tire, having attended ambulance classes, do it very quietly so that she wouldn't hear, like the fairy cobblers who used to mend people's boots while they slept, and then wait in ambush to watch the effect upon her when she awoke.
A COBBLER unable to make a living by his trade and made desperate by poverty, began to practice medicine in a town in which he was not known.
The cobbler was, as in many villages, an atheist, and his appearance in church was a shade more extraordinary than Mad Joe's.
Why, sir," said the cobbler, coughing, "I'm afraid he's done nothing, and won't do anything.
The cobbler wrought upon a shoe; the blacksmith hammered his iron, the soldier waved his glittering blade; the lady raised a tiny breeze with her fan; the jolly toper swigged lustily at his bottle; a scholar opened his book with eager thirst for knowledge, and turned his head to and fro along the page; the milkmaid energetically drained her cow; and a miser counted gold into his strong-box,--all at the same turning of a crank.
The thought pleased the good cobbler very much; and one evening, when all the things were ready, they laid them on the table, instead of the work that they used to cut out, and then went and hid themselves, to watch what the little elves would do.
Suppose a carpenter to be doing the business of a cobbler, or a cobbler of a carpenter; and suppose them to exchange their implements or their duties, or the same person to be doing the work of both, or whatever be the change; do you think that any great harm would result to the State?
That is, I believe it, perhaps, but at the same time I feel and suspect that I am lying like a cobbler.
And although the French word for shoemaker is different now, there is still a slang word chausseur, meaning a cobbler.
Therefore, if the envious wretch had not left Dort to follow his rival to the Hague in the first place, and then to Gorcum or to Loewestein, -- for the two places are separated only by the confluence of the Waal and the Meuse, -- Van Baerle's letter would have fallen into his hands and not the nurse's: in which event the poor prisoner, like the raven of the Roman cobbler, would have thrown away his time, his trouble, and, instead of having to relate the series of exciting events which are about to flow from beneath our pen like the varied hues of a many coloured tapestry, we should have naught to describe but a weary waste of days, dull and melancholy and gloomy as night's dark mantle.