Fanny Adams


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fanny adams

n
1. (usually preceded by sweet) absolutely nothing at all. Often shortened to: f.a., FA or SFA
2. chiefly nautical (formerly) tinned meat, esp mutton
[C19: for sense 1: a euphemism for fuck all for sense 2: from the name of a young murder victim whose body was cut up into small pieces. ]
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Noun1.Fanny Adams - little or nothing at all; "I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all"; "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"
dirty word, vulgarism, obscenity, smut, filth - an offensive or indecent word or phrase
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
goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zero, zilch, zip, zippo, aught, cypher, cipher - a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it"
2.fanny adams - nautical term for tinned meatFanny Adams - nautical term for tinned meat  
canned meat, tinned meat - meat preserved in a can or tin
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
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The only downside was the lack of time to play a couple of harder hitting tracks from their classic Desolation Boulevard and Sweet Fanny Adams albums.
Fanny Adams was an eightyear-old girl murdered in Hampshire in 1867, her body dismembered and thrown in a field.
The naval term 'Sweet Fanny Adams' refers to Fanny Adams (1859-67), who was killed by a solicitor's clerk named Frederick Baker.
England's curse is to have great keepers coming in pairs, wondering what to do with them, as was the case with Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence (later David Seaman and Chris Woods), or have sweet Fanny Adams in goal.
Most of us did sweet Fanny Adams about it because we were brought up in a male dominant world.