rhyming slang

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rhy·ming slang

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.
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rhyming slang

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

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.
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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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Well, to answer that second question, cockney rhyming slang originated in the east-end of London in the 1840s.
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IN the seventies two TV drama comedy series hit the airways, Minder and The Sweeney, both set in London and both used the dialect and rhyming slang of the areas.
Alum Rocks for socks is the only Birmingham place name used in rhyming slang, but we think there's room for a lot more.
| Cockney rhyming slang screen print, PS24.95, Victoria Eggs 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.
EastEnders star Danny Dyer fears cockney rhyming slang is "dying out".
What creature in Australian rhyming slang is known as a noah?
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